Buffalo police confirmed the shooter was in custody in a tweet, but they did not identify the suspect.
A gunman wearing a rifle and body armor opened fire at a supermarket in the US city of Buffalo, New York, killing at least 10 people before being arrested, law enforcement officials said .
Details of the number of additional people shot dead at Tops Friendly Market on Saturday and their conditions were not immediately available.
“Ten people were killed by a gunman wearing a body armor and armed with a high-powered rifle, while three others were injured, two of them seriously,” The Buffalo News reported citing an official. the police at the scene and another source close to the law. enforcement.
Investigators believe the man may have live-streamed the shooting and was investigating whether he posted a manifesto online, a police official told The Associated Press.
The official warned that the investigation was still in its early stages and that authorities had not yet discerned a clear motive, but were investigating whether the shooting was racially motivated.
The supermarket is in a predominantly black neighborhood about 3 miles north of downtown Buffalo. The surrounding neighborhood is mainly residential.
Buffalo police confirmed the shooter was in custody in a tweet, but did not identify the suspect. Police officials and a spokesperson for the supermarket chain did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooter exited. They described him as a white male in his late teens or early twenties wearing full camouflage, a black helmet, and what appeared to be a rifle.
“He was standing there with the gun to his chin. We were like what’s going on? Why does this kid have a gun to his face? Kephart said. He fell to his knees. “He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun and was tackled by the police.”
Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz were at the scene late Saturday afternoon, gathered in a parking lot across from the Tops store and were scheduled to address the media.
Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that she was “closely monitoring the grocery store shooting in Buffalo,” her hometown.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that it has ordered all available personnel to assist Buffalo police.
The shooting comes just over a year after a March 2021 attack on a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado that killed 10 people.