The Broome County District Attorney believes state police and school officials acted appropriately in responding to Payton Gendron’s potentially threatening remarks last June.
Michael Korchak released a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding media reports regarding the suspect in the Buffalo shooting.
Gendron, 18, who lived in Conklin, is accused of traveling to western New York to carry out a racially motivated shooting at a Tops market last Saturday. He is being held in Erie County for first degree murder.
Korchak’s statement said “due to the abundance of misinformation in the media, I feel the need to set the record straight”.
The district attorney — without mentioning Gendron by name — wrote that when he was a student at Susquehanna Valley High School “in early June, in an online class, he made disturbing comments regarding a murder/suicide.”
Korchak said the school contacted New York State Police, who attended Gendron’s home. He was taken to hospital for evaluation. The student was then released. The AD wrote that Gendron “later returned to school and even attended its graduation without incident.”
Korchak said based on the information he now has, “no direct threats were made against the school or any student.” He said the school district and police “followed the procedures and protocols that were in place at the time.”
Korchak said he expects state lawmakers to review the matter and make “appropriate changes as needed, regarding sanity and background checks when buying firearms.” “.
Earlier this year, Gendron purchased a Vintage Firearms Bushmaster XM-15 semi-automatic rifle from Endicott. The store owner said he conducted a background check before selling the gun, which Buffalo authorities say was used in the supermarket shooting.
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