At least 7 dead in a shooting in a Buffalo supermarket: police sources

At least seven people were killed Saturday afternoon at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, after a gunman carrying a rifle entered the store and opened fire, police sources said.

The shooter entered the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue shortly after 2:30 p.m. and shot dead at least eight people, according to law enforcement sources. Seven of the people have died and one person is believed to be in critical condition.

The suspected shooter was arrested by police at the scene, the sources said, after officials initially reported he had died.

Sources said the shooter entered the grocery store wearing military-style gear or some type of body armor. Two rifles were also recovered, they added.

Investigators are investigating whether the suspect was motivated by white supremacist ideology and whether he may have posted an online manifesto.

The supermarket is in a predominantly black neighborhood about three miles north of downtown Buffalo. The surrounding area is mostly residential, with a Family Dollar store and a fire station near the store.

People in the immediate vicinity have been asked to avoid the store while police investigate.

Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooter exited. 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? Kephart said. He fell to his knees. “He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun and was tackled by the police.”

AP Photo/Josue Bessex

A crowd gathers as police investigate after a supermarket shooting Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY Several people were shot dead at Tops Friendly Market. Police have informed the public that the alleged shooter is in custody.

Police sealed off the block, lined with onlookers, and yellow police surrounded the entire 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 said she was “monitoring closely” the shooting and had offered assistance to local authorities.

This story is developing.

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