Buffalo, New York — At least eight people were killed in a supermarket shooting on Saturday afternoon. BuffaloLaw enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
Details of the number of additional people shot at Tops Friendly Markets and their condition were not immediately available. Buffalo police said an unidentified shooter was detained Saturday afternoon.
According to AP, the two officials were not allowed to speak publicly about the issue, subject to anonymity.
The shooter entered the supermarket with a rifle and fired, one of the officials said. Investigators believe the man may have been livestreaming the shooting, and officials said he is investigating whether he posted the manifest online.
Authorities warned that the investigation was in preparation and authorities were not yet aware of a clear motive, but are investigating whether the shooting was racially motivated.
Supermarkets are located primarily in the Black district, about 3 miles (5 km) north of downtown Buffalo. The surrounding area is primarily a residential area, close to the Family Dollar Store and Fire Department.
Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20 people, were drawn into the parking lot as the shooter left. They described him as a white man in his late teens or early twenties, wearing a full camouflage, a black helmet, and what looks like a rifle.
“He stood with a gun on his chin. We were wondering what was going on. Why does this kid have a gun on his face?” Keffert said. He knelt down. “He stripped off his helmet, dropped his gun, and was tackled by the police.”
Police lined up to close the block, and yellow police taped the entire parking lot.
Mayor Byron Brown and Executive Mark Poloncals of Erie County were on the scene late Saturday afternoon, hoping to meet in the parking lot opposite the Tops Store and talk to the media.
Governor Kathy Hochul She tweeted, “We are closely monitoring the shootings at the Buffalo grocery store.” She said state officials provided support to local governments.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that it had ordered all the personnel available to assist the Buffalo police.
The shooting killed 10 people more than a year after the March 2021 attack at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. Investigators have not released information on why they believe the man charged with the attack targeted the supermarket.
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Report: At least eight people were killed in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York
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