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Charlotte, North Carolina’s Daniel Parson arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada; Did he call the Buffalo Police Department?

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Daniel Parson, 33, of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States is accused of calling the A-District station of the Buffalo Police Department in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA on May 3, 2023. He allegedly said he would “shoot up” a “fellowship church” on May 7, 2023.

At around 7:50 a.m. on May 3, 2023, Parson allegedly called the Buffalo Police Department’s D-District and said he was going to “slaughter” a family in Buffalo in the afternoon. At 9:00 a.m., he allegedly called the department’s C-District and said he was going to conduct a mass shooting at an unspecified Tops supermarket.

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With the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Buffalo Police Department launched an investigation. It led to the arrest of Parson in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA.

Parson was ordered held for a detention hearing in federal court in Nevada. He will be returned to New York.

Charged with making threats in or affecting interstate commerce, Parson faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Attorney Joel L. Violanti is handling the case.

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On May 14, 2022, Payton S. Gendron, then 18, of Conklin, Broome County, New York allegedly fatally shot 10 people and wounded three others at Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo. He was wearing tactical gear and armed with an AR-15 assault-style rifle.

On June 15, 2022, Gendron was charged with 26 counts of hate crimes and firearms. He pleaded guilty on November 28, 2022 to 15 charges, including domestic terrorism motivated by hate, murder and attempted murder and was sentenced on February 15, 2023 to 11 consecutive life sentences.

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