The 18-year-old White man who opened fire at a Buffalo supermarket, killing 10 and injuring three, was first known to authorities in 2021 after making a generalized threat while attending his high school, according to Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia.
New York State Police took the suspect to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after he made a threat and worked on a school project that mentioned murder-suicides. But authorities released him after a day-and-a-half after determining that his threat was not specific enough to warrant further action, investigators have previously said. This allowed him to legally purchase the AR-15-style weapon he used in the attack.
There have been nearly 19% more shootings of police officers this year, compared to this time in 2021, a law enforcement advocacy group said Friday.
Findings by the National Fraternal Order of Police are particularly disturbing in light of 2021 data on wounded officers is the highest in recent memory.
As of Friday morning, the union found that 178 officers have been shot in the line of duty in 2022, compared to 150 through the same time period of 2021, marking an 18.66% spike.
There were 346 officers shot in the line of duty in 2021, up from 312 wounded in 2020 and 293 in 2019.
Survivors of the Fourth of July parade mass shooting and the Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting converged in Washington, D.C., Wednesday for a rally and march to the Capitol to demand a ban on assault weapons.
Kimberly Rubio, the mother of 10-year-old Lexi Rubio, who was among the 21 people gunned down in the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, was overcome with emotion as she addressed the crowd.