A Buffalo shooting victim's family member shouted 'you're a coward' at the suspect as he was led out of court

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A woman pays her respects at the scene of Saturday's shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, NY.
A woman pays her respects at the scene of Saturday's shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, NY.AP Photo/Matt Rourke
  • A reported family member a victim in the Buffalo massacre screamed out "coward" at the white suspect in court.

  • "You're a coward!" the person yelled at the 18-year-old white suspect in Buffalo City Court.

  • Police have accused the teen of killing 10 people in a mass shooting motivated by racial hatred.

A reported family member of one of the victims in the Buffalo, New York, grocery store mass shooting that left 10 people dead screamed out at the white suspect during a court appearance on Thursday.

"You're a coward!" the loved one yelled at the orange jumpsuit-wearing 18-year-old suspect as he was led out of Buffalo City Court in handcuffs by sheriffs following a brief court appearance.

Multiple reports identified the audience member who spoke up as a relative of one of the victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a local Tops supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo.

Ten people were killed and three others wounded in the massacre. Eleven of the victims were Black, while two were white.

The shooting suspect appeared in court on Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on a first-degree murder charge for the killings, which authorities described as a "racially motivated hate crime."

The shooting suspect, who continues to be held without bail, may face possible domestic terrorism and hate crime charges.

He pleaded not guilty to the murder charge at an inital court appearance last week.

The US Justice Department is investigating the attack "as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism."

Authorities say the shooting suspect left a hateful screed referencing the racist "Great Replacement" conspiracy theory touted by right-wing politicians and commenters.

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