Buffalo police said a gunman opened fire on a grocery store on Saturday and several people were hit, but authorities did not immediately say how many people were injured or killed.
the said the police on Twitter that a gunman was in custody after the shooting at an outlet of regional grocery chain Tops Friendly Markets.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said on Twitter that she was “closely monitoring the shooting at a Buffalo grocery store” and recommending residents avoid the area.
Jaye Emmons, a 49-year-old social worker who lives a block and a half from Tops, was watching a YouTube video about a celebrity breakup when ‘all of a sudden there was a tremendous amount of gunfire’ , she said. during a phone interview from a nail salon across from Tops. Ms. Emmons estimated that she heard 60 gunshots.
“What I heard was huge – bullets shooting aimlessly, firing a military weapon,” she said.
She added that she could tell the shooting originated from Jefferson Avenue, the location of the Tops outlet.
She said a relative went to the scene of the shooting and returned saying he learned the shooter started shooting in the parking lot outside the grocery store, entered the store and continued shooting, then walked out, at which point he was handcuffed by authorities.