Shooting at Buffalo supermarket, New York: at least 10 killed in Tops Friendly Market, law enforcement officials say

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BUFALA, NY – At least 10 people were killed Saturday afternoon in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, law enforcement officials told the Associated Press.

Details of the number of additional people shot at Tops Friendly Market and their terms were not immediately available. Earlier on Saturday, Buffalo police said an alleged unidentified gunman was in custody.

Two officials were not allowed to speak publicly on the issue and did so on condition of anonymity.

Police and a spokesman for the supermarket chain did not immediately respond to an AP message asking for comment.

An armed man went to the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire, one official said. Investigators believe the man could have broadcast the shooting live and were investigating whether he had posted the manifesto online, the official said.

The official warned that the investigation was at an early stage and that authorities had not yet identified the exact motives, but were investigating whether the shooting was racially motivated.

Witnesses say the gunman was dressed in clothing and body armor, one official said

Bradin Kefart and Shane Hill, both 20, drove into the parking lot just as the shooter was leaving. They described him as a white man in his teens or twenties with full camouflage, a black helmet and what seemed like a rifle.

“He was standing there with his gun to his chin. We thought what the hell was going on? Why did this guy have a gun to his face?” Said Caphart. He fell to his knees. “He tore off his helmet, dropped his gun, and the police took him away.”

Police closed the neighborhood, lined up spectators, and yellow police taped the entire parking lot. Mayor Byron Brown and Eri County Governor Mark Palancarts were at the scene late Saturday night, gathered in the parking lot across the street from the Tops store and waited for a media appeal.

Gov. Katie Hochul tweeted that she was “closely watching the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” her hometown. She said government officials offered to help local authorities. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that it had ordered all available staff to assist Buffalo police.

The shooting came just over a year after the March 2021 attack on the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, killing 10 people. Investigators have not released any information as to why they believe the man accused of the attack targeted a supermarket.

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Associated Press reporters John Wavrow of Buffalo and Eric Tucker of Washington contributed to the report. Balsamo reported from Washington and Collins from Hartford, Connecticut.

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