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At least 10 dead in mass shooting at a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket


Police investigate a shooting that occurred at Buffalo’s Tops Friendly Market on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. The Tops Friendly market was the scene of multiple shootings. The police have informed the public that an alleged shooter has been taken into custody.

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Officials from law enforcement told The Associated Press that at least 10 were injured in a shooting at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday afternoon.

The conditions of the victims and details about the additional shooters at Tops Friendly Market were not immediately known. Buffalo police stated Saturday that an alleged shooter was being held in custody.

They were forbidden from speaking publicly about the issue and agreed to keep their identities secret.

AP reached out to the police and a spokesperson from the supermarket chain for comment but they did not respond immediately.

According to one official, the gunman entered the store with a weapon and fired on the victims. Official said that investigators suspect the gunman may have been streaming the shooting livestreamed and are investigating whether or not he posted a manifesto online.

An official advised that although the investigation is still in the initial stages, authorities have not identified any clear motive. They are however investigating whether the shooting was racist.

It is located in an area that is predominantly Black, approximately 3 miles (5 km) from downtown Buffalo. Nearby is a Family Dollar and Fire Station.

One official said that witnesses reported that the gunman was dressed in military style clothing and had body armor.

Braedyn and Shane Hill both aged 20, entered the lot as the shooter exited. He was described as an older white man in his late teens to early twenties wearing full camouflage, black helmet, and what looked like a rifle.

He was holding the gun to his head. “He was standing there with the gun to his chin. This kid has a gun on his head. Kephart replied. He fell to his knees. The police tackled him after he removed his helmet and dropped his weapon.

A block of spectators lined up police closed the area and yellow police tape provided a barrier around the parking lot. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Mayor Byron Brown were on the scene Saturday afternoon. They gathered in a nearby parking lot to address media.

Gov. Kathy Hochul posted that she was closely monitoring the incident at Buffalo’s grocery stores. According to Hochul, state officials had offered their assistance to local authorities. On social media, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office claimed that all staff were ordered to support Buffalo Police.

It was less than a year since a shooting at King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado that left 10 dead, March 20,21. The motive behind the attack on the supermarket has not been revealed by investigators.