10 people killed after a mass shooting incident at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, US authorities say according to Associated Press.
In addition to the 10 people who lost their lives, three people were also injured at Tops Friendly Market, before the killer surrendered to the police.
– He got out of the car and was equipped with a lot of weapons. He had tactical equipment and a helmet. He had a camera that broadcast the incident live, police chief Joseph Gramaglia said at a press conference.
Police reported the mass shooting earlier Saturday afternoon. At least one person is in custody.
“Several people have been hit by shots,” the Buffalo police district tweets.
Gramaglia later confirmed that the culprit shot four people inside the store. Three of the dead instantly.
A guard at the scene tried to stop the perpetrator from shooting at him, but he hit the bulletproof vest. The perpetrator then responded by shooting and killing the guard.
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
Believes the shooting was streamed
Investigators believe the man streamed the shooting directly with the camera he was equipped with. It is also being investigated to see if the perpetrator has published a manifesto online.
The investigation is at an early stage, and the motive for the shooting is not clear, but the police are now investigating whether the mass shooting was racistly motivated. According to AFP, the FBI is investigating the mass shooting as a hate crime.
Police have confirmed that 11 of the victims are black and two are white. According to the AP, the area where the shooting took place is an area with a majority of African American inhabitants.
It is an 18-year-old man who has been identified as the perpetrator.
– This is where the worst nightmare any society can experience. We are hurt and filled with anger. The depth of the pain that the families of the relatives and the community are feeling now is indescribable, said the mayor of Buffalo Byron Brown.
198 mass shootings so far this year
So far this year, there have been 198 mass shootings in the United States, according to the online archive The Gun Violence Archive.
The site defines a mass shooting as an incident in which at least four people were injured or killed.
Last year, there were 693 mass shootings in the United States. This is the highest number since gunviolencearchive started logging in 2014.