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Started Jul-1 by WALTER784; 60 views.
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From: WALTER784

Jul-1

Authorities investigating if retired federal agent knew of Buffalo mass shooting plans in advance

Lou Michel , Dan Herbeck
May 26, 2022 Updated May 31, 2022

Law enforcement officers are investigating whether a retired federal agent had about 30 minutes advance notice of a white supremacist's plans to murder Black people at a Buffalo supermarket, two law enforcement officials told The Buffalo News. 
 
Authorities believe the former agent – believed to be from Texas – was one of at least six individuals who regularly communicated with accused gunman Payton Gendron in an online chat room where racist hatred was discussed, the two officials said.
 
The two law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the investigation stated these individuals were invited by Gendron to read about his mass shooting plans and the target location about 30 minutes before Gendron killed 10 people at Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue on May 14. 
 
The News could not determine if the retired agent accepted the invitation. 
 
Payton Gendron, 18, from outside Binghamton, appears at a felony hearing May 19 before Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Craig D. Hannah in the Erie County Courthouse.
 
Derek Gee/Buffalo News
 
“These were like-minded people who used 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 not of European ancestry,” said one of the two law enforcement officials with close knowledge of the investigation. “What is especially upsetting is that these six people received advanced notice of the Buffalo shooting, about 30 minutes before it happened.
 
“The FBI has verified that none of these people called law enforcement to warn them about the shooting. The FBI database shows no advance tips from anyone that this shooting was about to happen.”
 
Agents from the FBI are in the process of tracking down and interviewing the six people, including the retired agent, and attempting to determine if any of them should be charged as accomplices, the two sources with close knowledge of the probe told The Buffalo News.
 
The two sources did not identify the agent by name and could not confirm what federal agency he worked for.
 
The Buffalo FBI Office declined to comment on the investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo declined through a spokeswoman to comment. 
 
Buffalo civil rights attorney John V. Elmore said it will be outrageous if it turns out that a former law enforcement officer had advance notice of the shooting and did nothing to prevent it.
 
“If he had advance notice, he had a moral obligation to get on the phone and try to notify someone about it,” said Elmore, who represents the family of Andre Mackniel, who was shot dead when he went to Tops to buy a birthday cake for his 3-year-old son.
 
Attorney Terrence M. Connors, who is representing several families who lost loved ones in the shooting, said: “As outrageous as this may sound, based upon what we are finding in our investigation, it is not surprising.” He declined to reveal the evidence his law firm has collected.
 
The New York Times reported May 17 that Gendron invited a small group of people into a private chat room on the messaging platform Discord to review his plan about 30 minutes before the massacre at Tops. The Washington Post reported two days later that 15 people accepted Gendron's invitation into the Discord chat room and were able to review his plan and watch his live stream video as he committed the killings.
 
Federal authorities are investigating if the retired agent provided information to Gendron before he went on his shooting spree, the two law enforcement officials told The News.
 
In addition to law enforcement sources, two other individuals with knowledge of the mass shooting investigation have also confirmed that federal authorities are looking into the former agent’s relationship to the shooter.
 
The Sandman
 
FBI agents are also trying to determine the identity of an individual Gendron calls “Sandman,” and “Saint Sandman” in his lengthy social media diary that appeared on Discord 30 minutes before the attack, the sources said.
 
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Jul-1

Here is another article about the same:

Retired Federal Agent Under Scrutiny in Buffalo Shooting

'Buffalo News' reports former fed may have received notice about the attack in advance

By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2022 9:40 AM CDT

(NEWSER) – The Buffalo News is reporting a disturbing new wrinkle in the mass shooting that claimed 10 lives in that city. The FBI is investigating whether a retired federal agent learned of the attack about 30 minutes in advance but did nothing, according to the newspaper. Local station WIVB says its sources have confirmed the report. The retired agent has not been identified, though he is believed to be in Texas. Both outlets quote law enforcement sources who say the agent was among a small group of people the gunman invited to review his plans just before the assault.

That syncs with previous reporting elsewhere that the gunman issued invites to people in the Discord chat group. The invites also reportedly would have enabled people to watch a livestream of the attack. The News story suggests the retired agent and at least five others regularly corresponded online with the gunman prior to the shooting. "These were like-minded people who used 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 not of European ancestry," one of the sources tells the News.

“What is especially upsetting is that these six people received advanced notice of the Buffalo shooting, about 30 minutes before it happened," the source adds. One big question is whether the retired agent actually accepted the invitation. The FBI is investigating whether the retired agent or anyone else should be charged as accomplices. The gunman references a mentor-like figure called the "Sandman" or "Saint Sandman" in his racist online screeds, though the Sandman's identity has not yet been established. (Read more Buffalo shooting stories.)

Retired Federal Agent Under Scrutiny in Buffalo Shooting (newser.com)

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