Buffalo Shooter was Investigated in 2021 for Threatening to Shoot Up a School
After the fact the shooter was still able to legally purchase deadly weapons
The Buffalo shooter, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, was investigated in June of 2021, for making a threatening statement about wanting to carry out a shooting. Payton was a minor at the time.
An anonymous state policeman that spoke to NBC News said the investigation was transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation on the suspect, so he was not charged with a crime.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia stated that the suspect was evaluated by health officials and released, citing no further complaints about him since then. Despite this investigation, the suspect was still able to legally purchase weapons after the fact.
"There was nothing picked up on the state police intelligence, nothing picked up on the FBI intelligence," Gramaglia said at a news conference Sunday.
Gramaglia went on to say he believes this is “absolutely a racist hate crime” and “will be prosecuted as a hate crime.”
This news comes a day after Gendron opened fire on a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, killing 10 and injuring 3 others, all while streaming the attack live on the streaming platform “Twitch.” The suspect was arrested moments after the shooting and has been charged with first-degree murder. Gendron has pleaded not guilty to the crime and is currently in court on suicide watch.
Is this clear evidence there should be more thorough background checks when purchasing deadly weapons? Even while supporting the second amendment, it doesn’t seem wrong to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill when there’s clear evidence of the illness.