At least eight people were killed in a broad daylight shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, according to law enforcement officials.
Local police, who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and did so on condition of anonymity, confirmed the number to The Associated Press and said the alleged shooter is in custody.
It is unclear how many other people may have been shot in the incident which happened early Saturday afternoon local time. The suspect has not been identified.
Further details on the number of people shot dead at Tops Friendly Market and their conditions were not immediately available.
The supermarket is in a predominantly black neighborhood about 3 miles north of downtown Buffalo. The surrounding neighborhood is mainly residential.
Police sealed off the block, lined with onlookers, and a yellow police tape surrounded the entire parking lot. Mayor Byron Brown was at the scene late Saturday afternoon and is expected to address the media.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that she was “closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” her hometown. She said state officials have offered assistance to local authorities.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that it has ordered all available personnel to assist Buffalo police.