The report suggests that federal agents may have had up to 30 minutes beforehand to respond before the shooting took place.
The ex-agent is believed to have been one of six people whom the shooter had invited into an online chat room, wherein discussions of white supremacy and violence were instigated, according to the Buffalo News.
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Two sources allegedly revealed the information.
The sources declined to name both the former agent, and the agency he worked for.
“These were like-minded people who used this chat group to talk about their shared interests in racial hatred, replacement theory and hatred of anyone who is Jewish, a person of color or not of European ancestry,” one of the sources told the newspaper.
He also noted that anyone in the chat room could possibly have accessed the messages half an hour before the shooting occurred.
“What is especially upsetting is that these six people received advanced notice of the Buffalo shooting, about 30 minutes before it happened,” he continued.
The sources also revealed the details of alleged murderer Payton Gendron’s final messages before committing the massacre.
“When the time finally comes to deal decisively with a whole host of society’s problems, and not go to prison for it, you’ll know,” he wrote.
“Just be ready. You have spent your entire life, from the day you were born, right up to this very moment, reading this sentence, coming to where you are right now. Look around you. Are you content with where you are right now?” he continued.