Buffalo supermarket shooting: ‘several people’ shooting

BUFFALO, NY-

Several people were shot Saturday afternoon at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, tweeted local police, adding that the alleged shooter was in custody.

Details on the number of people shot at Tops Friendly Market and their conditions were not immediately available, and the suspect has not been identified.

Police officers and a spokesman for the supermarket chain did not immediately respond to messages from the Associated Press seeking comment.

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 fire station near the store.

Police closed off the block, surrounded by spectators, and yellow police surrounded the entire parking lot. Mayor Byron Brown was at the scene late Saturday afternoon and is expected to speak to 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 offered help to local officials.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that it had ordered all available personnel to assist Buffalo Police.

The shooting came just over a year after a March 2021 attack at a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, which killed 10 people. Investigators have not released any information as to why they believe the man accused in the attack targeted the supermarket.

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