Buffalo shooting suspect allegedly made threat against school in 2021, underwent mental health evaluation

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Accused Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron was hospitalized and underwent a mental health evaluation for making a "generalized threat" directed at a high school in his New York hometown, according to police officials and report.


Gendron, an 18-year-old from Conklin, New York, was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation for one-and-a-half days in June 2021, after he made the threat against a high school in his hometown, according to Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia and a report from The Associated Press.

The Associated Press reported that New York State troopers responded to a Conklin high school, in Gendron's hometown, on June 8, 2021, after Gendron, then 17, allegedly "made threatening statements," according to the report.

A spokesperson for the New York State Police said troopers responded to Susquehanna High School in Conklin, N. Y., "to investigate a report that a 17-year-old student had made a threatening statement." The spokesperson did not identify the subject by name.

"The state police responded," Gramaglia said during Sunday’s press conference. "They investigated. They interviewed the subject, and they felt it was appropriate at that time to have that individual brought in for a mental health evaluation. State police did their job to the fullest that they could at that time."

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Gramaglia later added: "He was evaluated, and then he was released. As far as when we say 'On the radar,' there was nothing picked up on the state police intelligence, nothing that was picked up on the FBI intelligence. Nobody called in. Nobody called any complaints."

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