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At least 10 dead in Buffalo supermarket shooting

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At least 10 people were killed in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, law enforcement officials said. Details on the number of additional people shot at Tops Friendly Market and their conditions were not immediately available.

Buffalo police said earlier Saturday afternoon that the suspected shooter, who has not been identified, is in custody. Police officials and a spokesperson for the supermarket chain did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The shooter entered the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire, one of the officials said. Investigators believe the man may have livestreamed the shooting and are investigating whether he posted a manifesto online, the official said.

The official warned that the investigation was still in its early 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 three miles north of central Buffalo. Witnesses reported the shooter was wearing military-style clothing and a bulletproof vest, one of the officials said.

Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooter was leaving. 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’s going on? Why does this kid have a gun to his face? said Mr. Kephart. He fell to his knees. “He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun and was tackled by the police.”

Police sealed off the block, lined with onlookers, and a yellow police tape surrounded the 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 shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” her hometown. She said state officials have offered assistance to local authorities.

The Erie County Sheriff‘s Office said on social media that it has ordered all available personnel to assist Buffalo police.

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