A new report says a former federal agent is being investigated as part of the probe into this month’s Buffalo shooting that killed 10 people.
The report in The Buffalo News focuses on an online invitation-only event held by accused gunman Payton Gendron just before he went to Tops supermarket where the massacre took place.
About 30 minutes before the May 14 attack, Gendron invited people he had spoken to online to hear about his plans and then watch the attack live stream.
“Six people were given advance notice of the Buffalo shooting,” the report said, citing a law enforcement source.
The news report said a former federal agent believed to be from Texas was among those invited. It was unclear whether he accepted.
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According to the report, on the day of the shooting, 15 people accepted invitations to communicate with Gendron.
Officials believe the people chatting would have known about the attack prior to the attack and would have been able to alert authorities.
No warnings were received of the attack.
The news report said the retired agent, whose previous agency affiliation was not specified, and at least five other people whom officials believe communicated regularly with Gendron are the focus of the investigation, according to The Buffalo News report That was based on two law enforcement sources not naming it.
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“These were like-minded people using this chat group to talk about their shared interests in racial hatred, replacement theory, and hatred of anyone who is Jewish, a person of color or non-European ancestry,” one of the officials said in the report .
“Particularly disturbing is that these six people were given advance notice about 30 minutes before the Buffalo shooting.
“The FBI has confirmed that none of these people called the police to warn them about the shooting. The FBI database shows no pre-tips from anyone that this shooting was imminent.”
John V. Elmore, an attorney representing a victim of the attack, said the retiree should have acted.
“If he had advance notice, he had a moral obligation to call and try to let someone know,” Elmore said.
A report in the Washington Post said it’s uncertain whether the social media site Discord, where the communication took place, can determine what the invitees did after hearing about Gendron’s plans.
The invitation was entitled “Happening: This is not a drill”. The Post reported that 22 people watched the opening moments of Gendron’s attack before the live stream was turned off.
The Buffalo News also reported that authorities are trying to ascertain the identity of someone Gendron named “Sandman,” who appears to have been mentoring Gendron on weapons and tactics.
https://www.westernjournal.com/retired-federal-agent-may-prior-knowledge-buffalo-massacre-plans-investigation-underway/ The retired federal agent may already have been aware of the Buffalo massacre plans