The suspect in the supermarket shooting in Buffalo, New York, was arraigned Saturday night, Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Craig Hannah told CNN.
The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Payton Gendron, was charged with first-degree murder and arraigned in Hannah’s courtroom, the judge said.
The suspect’s next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET, Hannah said.
The judge said the district attorney’s office plans to indict the suspect and add additional charges.
“Justice has already been served, immediately,” Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said at a Saturday night news conference.
“This individual has been charged with first degree murder, which is the highest charge – murder charge in the state of New York. He carries a sentence of life in prison without parole, the highest sentence we have in New York State. He has been remanded in custody. . The judge has ordered a forensic examination. A felony hearing will now be held in five days. And then the investigation continues.
Flynn said the judge was called to arraign the suspect tonight.
“We are currently investigating terrorism charges, other murder charges, in addition to working with our partners in the federal government so that they may also be able to bring charges. So I assure all members of this community that justice is being done right now and justice will be done,” Flynn said.