The authorities believe that the former agent was one of the countless individuals who regularly engaged in an online conversation with the alleged shooter in Buffalo, Payton Gendron.
Authorities in Buffalo, New York are attempting to uncover whether or not one of the few people who knew about the massacre thirty minutes before it occurred was a former federal agent who habitually talked via email with the person who is believed to have carried out the shooting in Texas.
According to The Buffalo News, 18-year-old Payton Gendron allegedly asked approximately 30 people in a chatroom dedicated to racism to read his rants and then showed them his plans less than an hour before he drove to Tops Supermarket and allegedly killed 10 black people. The victims were all customers at the store.
According to two law enforcement sources who spoke to the newspaper, a former agent from an agency that was not named was invited to investigate Gendron’s plans, but it is unknown whether or not he accepted the invitation.
Six additional individuals, including the former agent, are accused of having regular conversations with Gendron on the website and may be held accountable for their roles as accomplices. The FBI is actively looking for them at this time.