The parents of accused Buffalo mass shooter Payton Gendron are being interviewed by the FBI, the New York Post reports. Paul and Pamela Gendron, who are both civil engineers with the state Department of Transportation, are reportedly cooperating with the federal investigators.
According to the Buffalo Police Department, Gendron, 18, entered the Tops Friendly Markets store with a military-style assault rifle and opened fire. Investigators believe it was a racially motivated attack, the Associated Press reports.
He allegedly researched the local demographics and chose that supermarket to kill as many Black people as possible. Gendron shot, in total, 11 Black people and two white people Saturday. Ten of them died.
Citing an unnamed law enforcement official, the AP said a preliminary investigation found Gendron had repeatedly visited online sites that promoted white supremacist ideologies and race-based conspiracy theories.
Terry Place, one of the Gendrons’ neighbors in Conklin, N.Y., said his family had the usual neighborly encounters with the Gendrons and recalls the alleged shooter as his newspaper delivery kid, according to the Post.
“We spoke to her a couple times here and there,” the Post quoted Place’s remarks about Pamela Gendron.