BUFFALO, NY – A police source told TSWT News that at least ten people were killed and others injured Saturday afternoon in a shooting at a Buffalo supermarket.
The source also says the suspect is described as a white male and allegedly shouted racial slurs during the shooting. The suspect was taken into custody. His identity has not yet been revealed.
Details on the number of additional people shot dead at Tops Friendly Market and their conditions were not immediately available.
The shooter entered the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire, one of the officials said. Investigators believe the man may have broadcast the shooting live and are investigating whether he posted a manifesto online, law enforcement officials told The The Switzerland Times.
Investigators believe the shooter may have broadcast the shooting through a camera attached to his helmet, one of the officials said. Video showed the shooter, dressed in military gear, stopping in front of the store with a rifle in the front seat, then pointing the rifle at people in the parking lot as he exited the vehicle and opened fire. said the manager.
It also shows the suspect entering the supermarket and shooting several other victims inside, the official said. One of the victims was a recently retired police officer who worked as a security guard at the store, according to the official.
One of the officials warned that the investigation was in its preliminary 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 area is mostly residential, with a Family Dollar store and a fire station near the store.
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 was 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.”
Tops Friendly Markets issued a statement saying, “We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
Police sealed off the block, lined with onlookers, and yellow police surrounded the entire parking lot.
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. She said state officials have offered assistance to local authorities.
Sen. Chuck Schumer tweeted that he was also monitoring the shooting, saying, “We stand with the people of Buffalo.”
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that it has ordered all available personnel to assist Buffalo police.
The shooting came just over a year after a March 2021 attack on a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado that killed 10 people. Investigators have not released any information on why they believe the man accused of the attack targeted the supermarket.
A source tells TSWT News that the Buffalo Police Department is investigating with the help of federal agencies.
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