The shooting took place in the parking lot of a grocery store north of downtown Buffalo AP
A man armed with a rifle and a bulletproof vest killed at least 10 people before being arrested on Saturday afternoon inside a supermarket in downtown Buffalo, New York.
According to the Associated Press agency, police did not provide further details about the incident at Top Friendly Market, so it is unknown at this time whether more people were injured.
First reports indicated that the man could have broadcast his shooting live and they are currently investigating whether he has published a manifesto on his social network to justify his action, but they cannot determine the motives of the shooting. are not able to, especially for any racial reason.
The bombing site is in a predominantly African-American neighborhood about 3 miles north of downtown and is surrounded by a mostly residential area, with a Family Dollar store and a fire station nearby.
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Buffalo Police confirmed they are investigating a threatening tweet, but have been unable to identify the suspect. Witnesses told officers that the gunman was wearing military-style clothing and body armor. The police took him into custody without any protest.
Two rifles were recovered from the scene, apparently the assailant with a hateful word written on one of them.
Witnesses Bradin Keifart and Shane Hill, both in their 20s, entered the parking lot as the shooter left. They described him as a white male in his 20s, appearing in full camouflage, a black helmet and a rifle.
“He was standing there with a gun to his chin. We were like what’s up? Why is this kid with a gun in his face? He knelt down, took off his helmet, dropped the gun and surrounded him, police,” Bradin Keffert, witness to the shooting
After firing, the police cordoned off the parking lot where the incident took place. Minutes later, Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz arrived, speaking to give a briefing to the press.
New York Governor Cathy Hochul tweeted that she was closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in her hometown of Buffalo. He said the state authorities have offered assistance to the local authorities. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that it has ordered all available personnel to assist Buffalo Police.
Finally, Justice Department spokesman Anthony Cooley confirmed that Attorney General Merrick Garland had been briefed about the shooting.
“We would like to know the position of my aunt, my mother’s sister. She was there with her fiancé, they split up and went into separate aisles. One bullet barely hit them. He was able to hide in the freezer but He couldn’t reach my aunt.” And she doesn’t know where she is. We’d like to know if she’s okay,” said Erica Pugh-Matthews, who waited outside the store for more than two hours after the shoot.
The shooting comes just a year after the March 2021 attack at the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, which killed 10 people. Authorities have not released any information on why they believe the man accused of the attack targeted the supermarket.