At least seven people were killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, Saturday afternoon, after a gunman with a rifle entered the store and opened fire, law enforcement sources said.
The shooter entered the Top Friendly Market on Jefferson Street shortly after 2:30 p.m. and shot at least eight people, according to police sources. Seven people died and one person was said to be in critical condition.
The sources said that the police arrested the suspected gunman at the scene after officials initially reported his death.
Sources said the shooter entered the grocery store wearing military clothing or some kind of bulletproof vest. They added that two guns were found.
Investigators are looking into whether the suspect was motivated by white supremacist ideology, and whether he posted a statement online.
The supermarket is located in a predominantly black neighborhood, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of downtown Buffalo. The surrounding area is primarily residential, with a Family Dollar store and a fire station near the store.
People in the immediate vicinity were asked to avoid the store during the police investigation.
Braden Kephart and Shane Hill, both in their 20s, rushed into the parking lot as the shooter was leaving. They described him as a white man in his late teens or early twenties wearing a camo camo, black helmet and what appeared to be a rifle.
“He was standing there with the gun on his chin. We were like what the hell is going on? Why does this kid have a gun to his face?” Kephart said. He got on his knees. “He took off his helmet, dropped his rifle, and was confronted by the police.”
The police closed the building, spectators lined up in it, and the yellow police surrounded the entire parking lot. Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncars were at the scene late Saturday afternoon, huddled in a parking lot across the street from the Tops Store and were expected to address the media.
Governor Cathy Hochhol said she was “closely watching” the shootings and offered help to local officials.
This story is developing.