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Buffalo shooting suspect shared his plans with a small group of Discord users just 30 minutes before the massacre

Added 05-18-22 02:14:02am EST - “About 30 minutes before the attack, the 18-year-old suspect invited others to join the server so they could view photos and a journal of his plans.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Buffalo shooting suspect shared his plans with a small group of Discord users just 30 minutes before the massacre”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The 18-year-old white gunman suspected of killing 10 people in a racially-motivated attack in Buffalo on Saturday shared his plans with others in an online chat room before the massacre, according to several media reports.

Months before the attack, the suspect uploaded photos, hand-drawn maps, and detailed messages of his preparations on a private Discord server available only to him, per The New York Times.

The images included him posing with gear, such as a military-style helmet bought from eBay, body armor plates, and the semiautomatic weapon that police said he used in the shooting, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the messages.

In his messages, he wrote of how he lied to authorities in a psychiatric evaluation after making a threatening comment in class about a murder-suicide, per The Post. He also shared a document published by Brenton Tarrant, an avowed racist who killed 51 Muslims in two attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Starting on February 17, the suspect started writing on his Discord server that he had a "new plan" — to attack Black people at the Tops grocery store in Buffalo, where the shooting eventually happened, The Post reported.

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