In the wake of the tragic Buffalo shooting, investigators are casting a wide net to gather information while the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reportedly questioning the suspect’s parents.
Though in many instances, conclusions have already been drawn regarding 18-year-old Payton Gendron, a robust investigation is still underway to comprehend the means, motive, and any possible connections others may have with the suspect. Facing multiple first-degree murder charges related to the shooting of at least 13 individuals at a Buffalo, N.Y. grocery store that resulted in 10 deaths, the suspect’s parents Paul and Pamela Gendron are currently cooperating with investigators.
As reported by the New York Post, the FBI has begun interviewing Gendron’s parents as part of their broader investigation into Saturday’s shooting. Both are employees of New York State’s Department of Transportation where they serve as civil engineers.
FBI interviews parents of alleged Buffalo supermarket shooter Payton Gendron
Paul and Pamela Gendron — both civil engineers with the state Department of Transportation — are cooperating with investigators, sources added to AP.
— LockharTVMedia (@LockharTVMedia) May 15, 2022
The investigation has also led to a thorough search of the Gendron’s residence in Conklin, N.Y., approximately 200 miles from Buffalo. As previously reported, the suspect allegedly traveled to that particular grocery store because it had “the highest black percentage” nearest to his home.
#HappeningNow: FBI and Police have been present at the home of Payton Gendron on Tracy and Amber Hill Drive in Conklin since last night. Reports have said they have not searched the home yet. pic.twitter.com/622ADlNukw
— Vince Scarapicchia (@ScarapicchiaTV) May 15, 2022
HAPPENING NOW: FBI is currently outside investigating a residence on Amber Hill Drive in Conklin. @WBNG12News pic.twitter.com/XFgLm1hLYd
— Ashley Soriano (@AshleySorianoTV) May 15, 2022
Investigators began going through the contents of the Gendrons’ home Sunday, emptying out their garage and shed as they cataloged the contents. The FBI is also asking for assistance from the public in garnering more information via social media.
If you have any images or video related to the shooting that occurred at the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, please submit them to https://t.co/SovTTmGGxG. pic.twitter.com/GMA2qbLo4O
— FBI (@FBI) May 15, 2022
“If you have any images or video related to the shooting that occurred at the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, please submit them,” the post read with a link to a portal on their website.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia explained, “There are warrants that will continue to be obtained both on the state and the federal levels will be looking at extensive digital platforms, computers, phones, cameras, and anything else that comes into play in this investigation,” according to ABC News.
The suspect had faced scrutiny in June of 2021 when New York State Police had investigated Gendron after reports of statements “indicating that he wanted to do a shooting, either at a graduation ceremony, or sometime after.”
His concerning behavior had allegedly included showing up to school wearing a hazmat suit, but the former student who recalled the incident suggested it may have “had something to do with protecting himself from the coronavirus, but she didn’t rule out the fact that he was making a joke.”
While the suspect’s mental state remains a central focus of the investigation, at least one neighbor reported that there were no overt indicators of concern in their limited interactions. “We spoke to her a couple times here and there,” neighbor Terry Place said of the suspect’s mother whom he knew for taking morning walks down the street over the years. The suspect, he recalled, was only remembered as once being his paperboy.
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