Buffalo shooting: At least 10 killed in attack at supermarket in New York state | US News



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At least 10 people have been killed in a mass shooting at a supermarket in the US city of Buffalo, New York state, AP has reported.

The gunman is reported to have been taken into custody after the attack on Saturday afternoon.

The exact number of people hurt at the Tops Friendly Market in Jefferson Avenue is yet to be confirmed.

AP said they had been told at least 10 had died by law enforcement officials.

The city’s mayor has confirmed there are “multiple casualties” and said the suspect travelled to the predominantly black neighbourhood in Buffalo from several hours drive away.

The official who spoke to AP added that investigators believe the man may have been live-streaming the shooting and are looking into whether he had posted a manifesto online.

The official said investigations were in their early stages and although a clear motive was yet to emerge, they are looking into whether the shooting was racially motivated.

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SWAT teams are on the scene

The Buffalo News said the attack had been carried out by a gunman dressed in body armour and armed with a high-powered rifle.

One of the officials who spoke to AP said the gunman entered the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire. Witnesses have reported hearing dozens of shots being fired.

SWAT teams rushed to the scene about 3 miles (5km) north of downtown Buffalo.

President Joe Biden has been briefed about what happened, according to the White House.

Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, told AP they pulled into the car park just as the gunman was attempting to leave the scene.

They said he was a white male in his late teens or early twenties and wore a full camouflage outfit, a black helmet and carried what appeared to be a rifle.

Picture from the scene of a mass shooting in Buffalo, NY. Pic: AP
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Witnesses described hearing shots

“He was standing there with the gun to his chin. We were like what the heck is going on? Why does this kid have a gun to his face?” Mr Kephart said.

He added that they saw him drop to his knees. “He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun, and was tackled by the police,” Mr Kephart said.

Will G., a dairy frozen worker at the Tops supermarket, told the Buffalo News he walked into the refrigerated section to put milk on the shelves about three minutes before the shooting.

“I just heard shots. Shots and shots and shots,” he told the local paper. “It sounded like things were falling over.”

A law enforcement official on the scene told the paper: “It’s like walking onto a horror movie, but everything is real. It is Armageddon-like. It is so overwhelming.”

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A large area has been cordoned off

WBEN radio news reported that Buffalo mayor Byron Brown, BPD commissioner Joe Gramaglia and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn have arrived at the location.

A large police presence has shut down the area north of Jefferson Avenue at Northampton Street, Buffalo News reported.

Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that she was “closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” her hometown.

She said state officials have said they will help local authorities.

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