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Buffalo shooting suspect Payton Gendron faces victims’ relatives in court

Avowed white supremacist Payton Gendron appeared in court Thursday — where he faced grieving relatives of some of the 10 people he is charged with slaughtering in a Buffalo supermarket.

The 18-year-old was brought into the Buffalo city court in an orange jumpsuit and shackled legs and surrounded by a mass of deputies amid intense heightened security.

“Payton, you’re a coward!” a woman shouted from the gallery when he was led away after the hearing that lasted mere minutes.

The teen did not react to the slur as he was watched by relatives of some of the 10 people he has been indicted of killing in Saturday’s slaughter at Tops Friendly Markets.

Judge Craig Hannah remanded him custody for the murders that see him facing a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole if convicted. He set the next hearing for June 9.

The hearing came as authorities — including the FBI — continue to investigate the possibility of adding hate crime and terrorism charges.

Buffalo shooting suspect, Payton S. Gendron, appears in court accused of killing 10 people in a live-streamed supermarket shooting in a Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, May 19, 2022.
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Buffalo supermarket shooting suspect Payton Gendron arrives for an appearance at Erie County Court on Thursday, May 19, 2022 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Payton Gendron allegedly killed 10 people and injured three others at the Tops Friendly Markets mass shooting.
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A court officer confirmed to The Post that they had “beefed up” security as a mass of press from local, national and international media arrived.

Reporters were taken to a basement courtroom for extra screening, with their belongings also taken to a separate room to be sniffed by a K9 before the scribes were allowed into Gendron’s hearing.

Gendron had been busted in camouflage and body armor at the scene of the slaughter, which was livestreamed from a helmet camera and was about 200 miles from his home in Conklin, NY.

Buffalo shooting suspect, Payton S. Gendron, appears in court accused of killing 10 people in a live-streamed supermarket shooting in a Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, U.S., May 19, 2022.
Payton Gendron was brought into the Buffalo city court in an orange jumpsuit and shackled legs and surrounded by a mass of deputies.
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Payton Gendron stands with his defense team during a hearing at Erie County Court, in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, May 19, 2022.
Payton Gendron stands with his defense team during a hearing at Erie County Court, May 19, 2022.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke

The AR-15-style weapon used was covered in deranged racist scrawlings — including the N-word on the scope.

All but two of the 13 of the people shot were black — and the footage showed the shooter apologizing to one of the white people who came into view.

It later emerged that Gendron had meticulously detailed his twisted race-hate views in a diary, showing he was radicalized during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and had planned attacks months beforehand.

Payton Gendron is led into the courtroom for a hearing at Erie County Court, in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, May 19, 2022
Payton Gendron had been busted in camouflage and body armor at the scene of the slaughter.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke

He allegedly detailed plans to hit the Tops Friendly Markets and kill as many black people as possible — sharing it on Discord about a half-hour before the massacre.

It was unclear how many read what he had written or logged on to view the assault live. It also wasn’t clear whether anyone tried to alert law enforcement.

He allegedly had plans to continue the slaughter after the Tops attack.

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