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Buffalo: Gunman was in counseling about possible mental health issues

2022-05-15T21:31:41.784Z

Because he made a "general threat" before the shooting, the suspected racist perpetrator had to undergo a psychological examination in Buffalo. President Biden again strongly condemned the act.



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The 18-year-old man, who is said to have killed ten people in a supermarket in the US city of Buffalo, was in a counseling session last June because of possible mental health problems, according to police.

He had previously made a "general threat" in his class, said investigator Joseph Gramaglia in Buffalo.

In the conversation, however, he did not show any abnormalities that would have led to further entries in his file or to a more extensive observation of the young man's mental health, it said.

The young white man is accused of opening fire with an assault rifle in a supermarket frequented primarily by black people on Saturday, killing ten people and injuring three.

According to police, eleven of the 13 victims were black.

According to the police, the heavily armed shooter was placed in the anteroom of the store and finally surrendered.

The suspect is said to have held a gun under his chin during the arrest and is therefore now under special observation in custody for a possible suicide.

Biden: "Stain on the soul of America"

Meanwhile, during a ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who died on duty in 2021, US President Joe Biden made reference to the Buffalo shooting.

Biden denounced what his Justice Department called a "hate crime, a racially motivated act of white supremacy and violent extremism."

In addition, Biden called for a united stand against the hatred that is leaving “a stain on the soul of America”.

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Source: spiegel

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