At least eight people have been killed in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
Buffalo police said earlier on Saturday afternoon that the suspect was in custody.
Both officials were not allowed to speak publicly on the matter and did so on condition of anonymity.
Details about the number and location of people shot at Top Friendly Market were not immediately available. The suspect has not been identified.
A spokesperson 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 5 kilometers north of downtown Buffalo. The surrounding area is primarily residential, with a Family Dollar store and fire station near the store.
Police closed the blockade, lined up with spectators, and yellow police tape surrounded the entire parking lot. Mayor Byron Brown was at the scene late Saturday and was expected to address the media.
Governor Cathy Hochul tweeted that she was closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in her hometown of Buffalo. He said the state authorities have offered help to the local authorities.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that it has ordered all available personnel to assist Buffalo Police.
The shooting comes a year after the March 2021 attack at King Sopers Grocery in Boulder, Colorado, which killed 10 people. Investigators have not released any information about why they believe the man accused in the attack targeted the supermarket.
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