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Buffalo, NY supermarket shooting: At least 10 killed at Tops Friendly Market, law enforcement officials say

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

Details of the number of extra people shot at Tops Friendly Market and their circumstances were not immediately available. Buffalo police said earlier on Saturday afternoon that the alleged perpetrator, who was not identified, was in custody.

The two officials were not allowed to speak publicly about the matter and did so on condition of anonymity.

Police officials and a spokesman for the supermarket chain did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The gunman entered the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire, said one of the officials. Investigators believe the man may have broadcast the shooting live and were examining whether he had posted a manifesto on the Internet, the official said.

The official warned that the investigation was in its early stages and that authorities had not yet identified a clear motive, but were investigating whether the shooting was racist.

Witnesses said the gunman was wearing military-style clothing and armor, one official said.

Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, entered the parking lot just as the shooter was leaving. He was described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s who wore a full camo, a black helmet and something that looked like a rifle.

“He was standing there with a gun to his chin. Were we like what was happening? Why does this kid have a gun to his face?” said Kefart. He fell to his knees. “He tore his helmet, dropped his weapon and was confronted by the police.”

Police closed the square, crowded with spectators, and the yellow police tape surrounded the entire parking lot. Mayor Byron Brown and county executive Erie Mark Poloncarz were at the scene late Saturday afternoon, gathered in a parking lot opposite the Tops store and were expected to speak to the media.

Governor Kathy Hotsul wrote on Twitter that she was “closely following the shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo,” her hometown. He said state officials had provided assistance to local authorities. Eri County Sheriff’s office said on social media that it had ordered all available staff to assist the Buffalo police.

The shootings took place just over a year after the March 2021 attack on a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado that killed 10 people. Investigators have not provided any information on why they believe the man accused of that attack was targeting the supermarket.

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Associated Press reporters John Wawrow in Buffalo and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report. Balsamo reported from Washington and Collins from Hartford, Connecticut.

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