BUFFALO, NY (AP/WIVB/NEXSTAR) — At least 10 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Tops Markets grocery store in Buffalo, New York, according to law enforcement officials who spoke. with the Associated Press, in addition Buffalo Police.
Earlier on Saturday, Buffalo Police said on Twitter that the shooter, an 18-year-old white male, was in custody. Witnesses said the gunman was wearing military-style clothing next to body armor, one of the officials said.
Police said at least 13 people were shot. Officials said the four were store employees.
The gunman entered the supermarket with an assault rifle and opened fire, an official told the AP. Investigators said he was live-streaming the shooting and were looking into whether he posted a manifesto online, the official said.
Officials said the incident is being investigated as a racially motivated hate crime.
The supermarket is located in a predominantly Black residential area about 3 miles (5 km) north of downtown Buffalo. The surrounding area is mostly residential, with a Family Dollar store and fire station near the store.
Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooter was walking out. They describe him as a white male in his late or early twenties, full athletic, wearing a black helmet and what appears to be a rifle.
“He was standing there with the gun to his chin. We were like what the hell is going on? Why is this kid holding a gun to his face? ‘ said Kephart. He knelt down. “He tore off his helmet, dropped his gun, and was dealt with by the police.”
Police closed the door from the compound, long queues were lined up by spectators, and policemen in yellow vests surrounded the parking lot.
More than two hours into the shooting, Erica Pugh-Mathews was waiting outside the store, behind the police tape.
“We want to know the condition of my aunt, my mother’s sister. She was there with her fiance, they separated and went to different paths,” she said. “A bullet barely hit him. He was able to hide in a freezer but he couldn’t get to my aunt and didn’t know where she was. We just want from either way if she’s okay. “
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she is monitoring the situation and has provided assistance to local law enforcement. On Saturday afternoon, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at a news conference that he wanted to bring comfort to the families affected but knew there was “nothing to comfort” them.
“Buffalo is known as a city of good neighbours – nationally and internationally,” says Brown. “This is a community where people love each other. The shooter is not from this community. In fact, the shooter traveled hours from outside this community to commit this crime to the people of Buffalo – a day where everyone is enjoying the sun, enjoying family and friends. , all the fun activities… This is a hugely painful day for our community.”
Brown explained that this particular Tops store, with its large patronage of the Black community, was “close and dear to his heart” and that he and several local officials knew some people were killed.
The shooting comes just over a year after the March 2021 attack at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, that left 10 people dead. Investigators have not released any information as to why they believe the man charged in that attack targeted the supermarket.
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