The self-identified white supremacist accused of committing a deadly mass shooting Saturday in Buffalo, New York was reportedly investigated last June after he threatened to shoot up his graduation ceremony.
“A school official reported that this very troubled young man had made statements indicating that he wanted to do a shooting, either at a graduation ceremony, or sometime after,” an unnamed government official told The Buffalo News.
New York State Police subsequently investigated the matter and wound up referring the alleged Buffalo shooter, Payton S. Gendron, “for a mental health evaluation and counseling,” according to The News.
Speaking with the Daily Mail, several of Gendron’s former classmates described his extremely odd school behavior.
“Last year, one former student recalled, Gendron wore a hazmat suit to school for a week. She believed it had something to do with protecting himself from the coronavirus, but she didn’t rule out the fact that he was making a joke,” the Mail reports.
“There were other indications of Gendron’s fragile mental state. During a class exercise in [a] political class in which the students created their own countries with the government of their choice, Gendron’s pick was an autocratic regime that the classmate described as ‘Hitler-esque.'”
“His views were extreme. You could pick any form of government that you wanted and he picked a totalitarian government,” the classmate said.
— Eileen Buckley (@eileenwkbw) May 14, 2022
Another classmate, this one female, said that Gendron was quiet, would “smile weirdly” and never seemed to have a girlfriend.
Despite his bizarre behavior and the investigation into his alleged threat, Gendron apparently had access to weapons.
“He was armed with a semiautomatic rifle, a hunting rifle and a shotgun which were all purchased legally,” New York Post, reported, describing the weapons that were found on Gendron following his arrest Saturday.
It’s not clear whether he bought the guns himself, or whether someone else bought the guns for him.
Caution: Disturbing Image:
NO question of motive… he wrote it on his assault rifle!! pic.twitter.com/wooHZ3VtWb
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) May 14, 2022
Gendron was arrested outside the Tops Friendly Market grocery store in Buffalo this Saturday after he allegedly opened fire, killing 10 people and injuring three others. The majority of the victims were black.
Prior to the shooting, he published a manifesto online in which he reportedly identified himself as a white supremacist and complained about mass immigration, “white genocide,” black crime, Jews, and even Fox News.
“Mass immigration and the higher fertility rates of the immigrants themselves are causing this increase in population. We are experiencing an invasion on a level never seen before in history. Millions of people pouring across our borders, legally. Invited by the state and corporate entities to replace the White people who have failed to reproduce, failed to create the cheap labor, failed to create new consumers and tax base that the corporations and states need to have to thrive,” the manifesto reads.
“This crisis of mass immigration and sub-replacement fertility is an assault on the European people that, if not combated, will ultimately result in the complete racial and cultural replacement of the European people.”
Members of the far-left have already seized on Gendron’s anti-immigrant rhetoric to falsely link him with Fox News because of Fox News willingness to cover the often ignored issue of illegal immigration.
But as noted previously, his manifesto also took shots at Fox News:
It doesn’t matter that Tucker wasn’t mentioned or that the shooter explicitly attacked Fox News, the worst people on the planet will always twist and contort every tragedy to fit the same exact pre-determined narrative. https://t.co/aTFgoSJWYG
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) May 15, 2022
Disgusting and insane that Democrat operatives are already exploiting the murder of 10 by blaming Tucker Carlson and Fox News.
The manifesto cites the internet (specific websites) as his inspiration (not TV)—and has an antisemitic meme attacking Fox News.https://t.co/kboxiRSm7P https://t.co/yUxhQCjTpI pic.twitter.com/aqt9jsUlxF
— 🇺🇸 Mike Davis 🇺🇸 (@mrddmia) May 14, 2022
The shooter specifically attacked Fox and conservatives in his manifesto.
But if news outlets & political parties are responsible for mass killings can we blame your crowd for Waukesha & the NYC subway shootings? https://t.co/DMT7U3lI8j
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) May 14, 2022
And indeed, in his manifesto, Gendron attributed his radicalization to online sources, including The Daily Stormer, a forum specifically for white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and 4chan, a forum that tends to contain many white supremacists and conspiracy theorists.
“I started browsing 4chan in May 2020 after extreme boredom, remember this was during the outbreak of covid. … There I learned through infographics, shitposts, and memes that the White race is dying out, that blacks are disproportionately killing Whites, that the average black takes $700,000 from tax-payers in their lifetime, and that the Jews and the elite were behind this. From there, I also found other sites, like worldtruthvideos.website, dailyarchives.org, and dailystormer.cn where through data and exposure to real information I learned the truth,” the manifesto reads.
“We are doomed by low birth rates and high rates of immigration. I never even saw this information until I found these sites, since mostly I would get my news from the front page of Reddit. I didn’t care at the time, but as I learned more and more I realized how serious the situation was. Eventually I couldn’t take it anymore, I told myself that eventually I was going to kill myself to escape this fate. My race was doomed and there was nothing I could do about it.”
Instead Gendron wound up discovering the notorious Al-Noor mosque shooter, Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 people during a terrorist attack committed in 2019, and taking inspiration from his actions …
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