There’s been a mass shooting at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, local police and government officials said on Saturday afternoon. The Buffalo Police Department said its officers took the alleged shooter into custody.
BREAKING: BPD on scene of a mass shooting at the Tops in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue. Police say multiple people have been struck by gunfire. The shooter is in custody. Motorists and residents are urged to avoid the area.
— Buffalo Police Dept (@BPDAlerts) May 14, 2022
This situation is developing. Officers did not identify a suspect or any victims. They did not detail if anyone died, but videos purportedly recorded at the scene and posted online by people in the area showed what appeared to be at least one victim laying in a parking lot. Others could be seen being put on stretchers and loaded into ambulances by rescue crews.
Police have not immediately confirmed the authenticity of videos and screenshots circulating online which purportedly indicate that the shooter livestreamed the attack.
Some of the shaky and chaotic videos only captured minor snips of the scene around the grocery store and the neighborhood.
“I am closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said in a tweet. “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.”
“I have been advised of an active multiple shooting event at the Tops Markets on Jefferson Street in Buffalo,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. “Police are on scene. Please stay away from the area.”
— Kelly Dudzik (@kellydudzikWGRZ) May 14, 2022
BREAKING: Multiple people have been shot at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, police there said, adding that the alleged shooter was in custody. Details on the number of people shot at the Tops Friendly Market weren’t immediately available. https://t.co/Yf6GP0Wb4J
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 14, 2022
This is a developing story.
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