At least 10 killed in shooting at Buffalo supermarket in the US
The alleged shooter was in custody, and the FBI said was investigating the attack at a supermarket in New York state as a hate crime.
Ten people are dead after a "mass shooting" at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in the United States, police said.
Another three were injured in the attack at the Tops Friendly Market, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said,
BREAKING: BPD on scene of a mass shooting at the Tops in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue. Police say multiple people have been struck by gunfire. The shooter is in custody. Motorists and residents are urged to avoid the area.— Buffalo Police Dept (@BPDAlerts) May 14, 2022
The gunmen was in police custody and being questioned by the FBI. The agency said they were investigating a "hate crime" and " racially motivated extremism."
The gunman entered the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire, said a law enforcement officer speaking on condition of anonymity to the AP news agency.
Investigators believe the man may have been live-streaming the shooting. Witnesses reported he was wearing military-style clothing and body armor.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden is receiving regular updates on the shooting and its aftermath.
"The president has been briefed by his Homeland Security advisor on the horrific shooting in Buffalo, NY, this afternoon. He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow as further information develops," she said
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said on Twitter that she was monitoring the shooting.
Meeting with law enforcement for the latest on the horrific white supremacist shooting in Buffalo.— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) May 15, 2022
Grateful for the swift actions of everyone involved in the response & holding close the memory of the security guard who was killed trying to stop the shooter. A true hero. pic.twitter.com/X7dC03PSuK
The supermarket is in a predominately Black neighborhood and the surrounding area is primarily residential.
Biden decries 'act of domestic terrorism'
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden had been briefed on the "horrific shooting" and its aftermath.
In a statement, Biden said investigators were still looking into the motivation for the shooting, but "we don't need anything else to state a clear moral truth: A racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation."
"Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America," he said.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said on Twitter that she will "ensure law enforcement has what they need to prosecute the shooter to the fullest extent."
Tonight my heart is with my neighbors in Buffalo who are feeling unimaginable pain due to a white supremacist.— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) May 15, 2022
We'll be there for the families affected by this act of terrorism. And we'll ensure law enforcement has what they need to prosecute the shooter to the fullest extent.
Saturday's shooting came after recent racially motivated mass killings in the US.
Several initiatives to stem gun violence have failed to pass in Congress despite recurring mass-casualty shootings across the country.
In 2020, the US recorded 19,350 firearm homicides, up nearly 35% compared to 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Graphic video Man arrested in military uniform after mass shooting at Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, New York pic.twitter.com/1cSGIYm8VI— Ryan (@breakingryan1) May 14, 2022