FBI Interviews ‘Distraught’ Parents of Buffalo Shooter – Opinion

In their investigation of Saturday’s mass-casualty horror, FBI agents and New York State troopers interviewed the parents of Buffalo shooting suspect Payton Gendron Sunday, and also executed other search warrants.

“From what I’ve been told, they’re absolutely distraught and devastated,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said of the parents, according to Fox News.

According to The NY Post:

The FBI is interviewing accused Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron’s parents, who both work as civil engineers with the state Department of Transportation, according to law-enforcement sources and online records.

The couple, Paul and Pamela Gendron, are cooperating with investigators, sources added to AP.

Photographs taken at Sunday’s home showed agents going through objects in the large shed.

Fox News also revealed what investigators are interested in:

Gramaglia told reporters investigators were in the process of obtaining and executing search warrants on Gendron’s home, his vehicle, his social media activity, digital footprint and technology, including telephones and a computer.

Asked if investigators believe there were any other individuals involved, Gramaglia tells reporters: “This investigation is showing that he did this by himself. We are again looking into some other aspects that we’re not going to get into.”

The top cop further noted that law enforcement agents have obtained warrants and will continue to do so “both on the state and the federal levels.”

At least three weapons have been found by investigators so far. “There were two in the car and one in his possession,” Gramaglia said, adding, “One was a rifle, one was a shotgun… he had an AR-15.”

The 18-year-old suspect reportedly traveled 200 miles from the family’s home in Conklin, NY, to the Buffalo Tops Friendly Market on Saturday afternoon. As RedState reported, he had also cased the store Friday and had an “astonishing” conversation with a witness.

Funeral-goers met Sunday in the vicinity of Tops and set up multiple memorials.

As the shooter allegedly visited extremist sites and wrote an apparently bizarre 180-page manifesto, this attack is now being investigated as hate crime. Since then, the FBI has created an a Sitemap dedicated to any tips related to the Saturday attack. Anyone with information related to the attack is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI(1-800-225-5324).

President Joe Biden had earlier spoken about Sunday’s shooting at White House annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service.

On Saturday, an unarmed gunman with weapons of war, and hatred-filled thoughts, opened fire on 10 people and shot them to death in cold blood. Jill, as well as all of us, offer our prayers for the families and communities affected by this tragedy.

The President and First Lady will travel Tuesday to Buffalo, New York, “to grieve with the community that lost ten lives in a senseless and horrific mass shooting,” the White House announced Sunday.

Last but not least, let us remember those who were affected by this tragic event. RedState’s Nick Arama painted a moving portrait of some that have been identified so far.


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