Payton Gendron, 18, was hit with 26 counts of hate crimes and firearms offenses — some of which carry a potential death penalty — in the wake of the May 14 shooting rampage.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland, who had vowed to investigate the shooting as a hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism, traveled to the scene of the massacre on Wednesday to address the charges and visit the families of the slain victims.
He placed a bouquet of flowers at a memorial outside the store, which has been shuttered since the shooting.
The avowed white supremacist was already facing life in prison without parole if convicted on previously filed state charges over the attack at Tops Friendly Market that left 10 dead and three others injured.
Gendron’s racist views and extensive preparation for the attack were laid bare in a 180-page manifesto he had allegedly posted online shortly before the attack.
“Gendron’s motive for the mass shooting was to prevent Black people from replacing white people and eliminating the white race, and to inspire others to commit similar attacks,” the complaint said.