Several people were shot and killed at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, Saturday afternoon, local police said.
The shooter, who police have not identified, allegedly entered the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue after 2:30 p.m., wearing military-style clothing and body armor, and shot at least 10 people, the Associated Press reported.
According to the Buffalo Police Department, the suspected shooter is in custody.
Police are investigating whether the suspected gunman live-streamed the shooting, reports that he posted a manifesto online and whether or not the shooting was racially motivated—but an official motive had not yet been established, the AP reported.
Witnesses described the suspected shooter as a white male in his late teens or early 20s, wearing full camouflage, a black helmet, who was carrying an apparent rifle, the AP reported.
“He was standing there with the gun to his chin. We were like what the heck is going on? Why does this kid have a gun to his face?” one witness Braedyn Kephart said, the AP reported.
One of the deceased victims was a recently retired Buffalo police officer who was working security for the store, according to newspaper The Buffalo News.
Shonnell Harris, an operation manager at the supermarket, told the newspaper that she thought she heard 70 shots and that she ran through the store, falling several times, before fleeing out the back.
Several victims were found inside the store, with some of the deceased victims appearing to hide behind the cash register lines, The Buffalo News reported.
The Buffalo Police Department urged residents to avoid the area around the shooting in a tweet. Erie County Sheriff John Garcia ordered all available personnel to assist with the shooting, the office said in a tweet.
The grocery is located in a residential area about three miles north of downtown Buffalo, according to the AP. Police had closed off the block following the shooting.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul and political leaders said they were closely monitoring the situation, and Attorney General Merrick Garland had been briefed, the AP reported.
“We have offered assistance to local officials. If you are in Buffalo, please avoid the area and follow guidance from law enforcement and local officials,” Hochul tweeted.
“I’m actively monitoring the situation with the grocery store shooting in Buffalo. We are standing with the people of Buffalo. If you’re in Buffalo, please follow the guidance of local law enforcement,” tweeted Senator Chuck Schumer.
This is a breaking news story that will be updated when more information becomes available.