Officials say gunman was livestreaming the shooting and were checking to see if he had posted a manifesto online . Authorities are looking at whether the shooting was racially motivated, an official said .
BUFFALO (New York): According to law enforcement officials, a gunman wearing a rifle and body armor opened fire in a store in Buffalo, New York, killing at least ten people and then being apprehended on Saturday afternoon.No details on the number of additional people shot at the Tops Friendly Market and their conditions were immediately available.The two officials were not allowed to speak openly about the situation and did so anonymously.According to an official, investigators suspect the man was livestreaming the shooting and were checking to see if he had posted a manifesto online.The supermarket is located in a predominantly Black neighborhood about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of downtown Buffalo.The neighborhood is mainly residential, with a Family Dollar store and a police station nearby.In a tweet, Buffalo police confirmed that the shooter was in jail, but they did not specifically name him.The supermarket chain's spokesperson and police officials did not immediately respond to calls from the AP asking for clarification. He was described as a white male in his late teens or early twenties sporting full camo, a black helmet, and what appeared to be a rifle, according to the men.He was sitting there with the pistol to his chin.We were like, what the heck is going on?Why does this kid have a rifle to his face? He reached his knees and cried out.He ripped off his helmet, shot his pistol, and was arrested by the police.Police closed off the block, lined by crowds, and laid off the entire parking lot with yellow police tape.Late Saturday afternoon, Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz were on the scene, gathering in a parking lot across the street from the Tops store and expected to speak to the media. We want to know the status of my aunt, my mother's sister.She said she was in there with her fiance, but they separated and went to different aisles.A bullet just barely passed him.He was able to hide in a freezer, but he was unable to reach my aunt and does not know where she is. Gov.Kathy Hochul said she was keeping an eye on the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, her hometown.State officials, she said, have provided assistance to local authorities.On social media, the Erie County Sheriffs Office announced that it had hired all available resources to assist Buffalo police officers. The shooting occurred less than a year after a killing in Boulder, Colorado, in March 2021 at a King Soopers supermarket.Investigators haven't revealed any details about the man arrested in that assault, according to authorities.