At least eight people were killed in a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
The suspected shooter is in custody, police said.
A spokesperson for Tops Friendly Market, the supermarket chain where the shooting took place, did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.
BREAKING: BPD at the scene of a mass shooting at the Tops in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue. According to the police, several people were hit by gunfire. The shooter is in custody. Motorists and residents are asked to avoid the area.
Police sealed off the block, lined with onlookers, and yellow police surrounded the entire parking lot. Mayor Byron Brown was at the scene late Saturday afternoon and is expected to address the media.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that she was “closely monitoring the grocery store shooting in Buffalo,” her hometown. She said state officials have offered assistance to local authorities.
I’m watching the grocery store shooting in Buffalo closely. We have offered assistance to local authorities. If you are in Buffalo, please avoid the area and follow the advice of law enforcement and 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 came just over a year after a March 2021 attack on a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado that killed 10 people. Investigators have not released any information on why they believe the man accused of the attack targeted the supermarket.