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

BUFFALO, NY – At least 10 people were killed in a shooting at a convenience store in Buffalo, New York Saturday afternoon, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

Officials gave an update during a press conference. They said the gunman live-streamed the shooting, which is under investigation as a “racially motivated” hate crime.

Details on the number of additional people shot at the Tops Friendly Market and their terms were not immediately available. Buffalo police said the alleged gunman, who was not identified, was in custody earlier Saturday afternoon.
The two officials were not allowed to speak publicly about the case and did so on condition of anonymity.

Police officials and a spokesperson for the supermarket chain did not immediately respond to messages from the AP asking for comment.

The gunman entered the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire, one of the officials said. Investigators believe the man was livestreaming the shooting and were investigating whether he posted a manifesto online, the official said.

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

Witnesses reported that the gunman was wearing military-style clothing and body armor, one of the officials said

Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooter was about to exit. They described him as a white man in his late teens or early twenties with full camouflage, a black helmet and what appeared to be a rifle.

“He stood there with the gun to his chin. We thought, what the hell is going on? Why does this boy have a gun to his face?’ said Kephart. He fell to his knees. “He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun and was tackled by the police.”
Police closed the block, lined by onlookers, and yellow police tapes surrounded the entire parking lot. Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz were on the scene late Saturday afternoon, gathered in a parking lot across the street from the Tops store, expecting to address the media.

Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that she was “closely watching the shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo,” her hometown. She said state officials have offered assistance to local authorities. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media it had ordered all available personnel to assist the Buffalo Police Department.

The shooting came just over a year after a March 2021 attack on a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado that killed 10 people. Investigators have not released any information as to why they believe the man charged in that attack was the supermarket’s target.

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

ABC7 Chicago contributed to this report.

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