At least 10 dead in mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, supermarket in suspected hate crime

At least 10 people have died and three others injured after a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, which authorities said was a “racially motivated hate crime”.

The suspect entered a Tops supermarket shortly after 2:30 p.m. while wearing military attire, body armor and a tactical helmet and fired a rifle, according to law enforcement.

An 18-year-old white suspect is in custody, police said. The shooter broadcast the attack live on social media, authorities said.

The shooter shot four people in the parking lot, three of them fatally, before entering the store where he was confronted by a retired Buffalo police officer working security, police said.

The guard shot and punched the suspect, but to no effect because of the body armor, police said.

The shooter then shot nine other people inside the store, police said.

Of the 13 victims shot, 11 were African American and two were white, authorities said.

Four of the shooting victims were store employees, while the others were customers, authorities said. The Buffalo police officer who worked security was among those killed, according to a law enforcement official.

The scene is no longer active and there are no other outstanding suspects, a law enforcement official said.

The suspect, who has not been identified, will initially be charged with murder by the state and arraigned later Saturday, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said at a Saturday night press briefing. .

“This is the worst nightmare a community can face,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said during the briefing.

The FBI is investigating the attack as a racially motivated hate crime and violent extremism.

Part of the investigation is whether there may have been white supremacist ideology associated with the shooter, sources said.

Early indications the shooter may have held extremist beliefs cultivated online, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Investigators are looking at several online posts that may be associated with the shooter, including praise for South Carolina church shooter Dylan Roof and New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant, the sources say.

It is not known whether the suspect will be charged in federal or state court.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said on Twitter she is “closely monitoring” the shooting and that her office has offered assistance to local authorities.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz also tweeted on Saturday afternoon that he had been “notified of an active multi-shot event” at the supermarket.

“A horrible day in the history of our community,” Poloncarz said in a statement. “Like too many communities in our country, we have been touched by horror or a mass shooting. My thoughts are with the deceased and their families at this terrible time.”

President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting, his press secretary said.

“He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow as new information develops,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “The President and First Lady are praying for those who have been lost and for their loved ones.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland was also briefed on the shooting, a source said.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Tops Friendly Markets said in a statement. “Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our associates and customers. We appreciate the prompt response from local law enforcement and are providing all available resources to assist authorities with the ongoing investigation.”

ABC News’ Matt Foster and Luke Barr contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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