Status: 05/15/2022 00:14
At least ten people have been killed in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Police say the suspect has been arrested. Investigators do not rule out a racist motive.
Police say at least ten people were killed after a shot was fired at a supermarket in the US city of Buffalo. In addition, three people were injured, police chief Joseph Gramaglia said. It is unclear whether the death toll could rise further.
According to the mayor of the city, the shooter was taken into custody. “The shooter was not from this community,” Byron Brown said at a press conference. “The shooter traveled hours from outside this community to commit this crime against the people of Buffalo.”
Police say the assailant was heavily armed and opened fire in the parking lot of the supermarket.
The FBI is investigating an alleged racist motive
The Buffalo shooter may have had a far-right motive for his crime. “We are investigating this incident as both a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism,” an FBI investigator said.
The 18-year-old striker broke into Tops Friendly Market and may have broadcast the attack live on the internet. They are investigating whether he also left an ideological manifesto and whether the man had a far-right past.
The supermarket is located several miles north of downtown Buffalo, in an area mostly populated by black people. “Why does a white man come here and shoot a black supermarket,” a resident told local television.
“Please avoid the area”
A police officer described the crime scene to The Buffalo News newspaper: “It’s like stepping into a horror movie, but it’s all real.” The newspaper also quoted a supermarket worker who said he entered the cold room shortly before the incident. “I hid. I just hid. I didn’t want to leave the room,” he said.
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul wrote on Twitter that she was closely monitoring the situation after the incident at a local grocery store. “If you are in Buffalo, please avoid the area and follow the instructions of law enforcement and local authorities.”