Buffalo shooting suspect sent for mental health assessment in 2021

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The suspect in the Buffalo supermarket mass shooting, where 10 people were killed Saturday, made a “widespread threat” while attending Susquehanna Valley Central High School in June 2021, the commissioner said Sunday. of Buffalo Police, Joseph Gramaglia.

State police took the student, now 18, for a mental health evaluation and he was released a day and a half later, according to Gramaglia, who added that the 2021 threat was not racially motivated.

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New York State Police investigated a report that a 17-year-old student had made “a threatening statement, a spokesperson told CNN on Sunday, adding that the student was taken to a hospital in June 2021 for a mental health assessment.

The spokesperson said state police responded to Susquehanna High School in Conklin, NY on June 8, 2021, following the threatening statement.

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“The student was taken into custody under section 9.41 of the NYS Mental Health Act and transported to the hospital for a mental health assessment,” state police told CNN by email.

State police were unable to confirm how long the individual had been in the hospital or the results of the assessment. They also declined to name the 17-year-old.

The previous Sunday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul also mentioned the investigation into a threat the suspect made in high school.

“Apparently, he was investigated when he was a high school student, brought to the attention of authorities. He had a medical evaluation based on something he wrote at school and we will find out what happened afterwards,” she said.

Source: CNN Brasil

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