At Least 10 Dead in ‘Mass Shooting’ at Upstate NY Supermarket, Suspect in Custody
BUFFALO, NY - MAY 14: Buffalo Police on scene at Tops Friendly Market after a mass shooting at the store on May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)

By Web Staff

At least 10 people were killed, 13 people were shot in a “mass shooting” at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday and a suspect was in custody, the Buffalo Police said.

Authorities called the shooting at the Tops Friendly Market a “hate crime and racially motived violent extremism.”

Buffalo police commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said at a press conference Saturday that the suspect is an 18-year-old white male who is not from the local community and who was livestreaming the incident online.

The suspect walked into the store and began engaging customers at the store. One of the individuals inside the store was a security guard and a retired Buffalo police officer. The officer engaged the suspect, fired multiple shots, and struck the suspect, but the suspect had heavy armor plating on. The suspect engaged the retired officer and the officer was ultimately shot and died at the scene.

Three people sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Buffalo Police on scene at Tops Friendly Market after a mass shooting at the store in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 14, 2022. (John Normile/Getty Images)

The supermarket is about 3 miles north of downtown Buffalo. The surrounding area is primarily residential, with a Family Dollar and fire station near the store.

Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooter was exiting. They described him as a male in his late teens or early twenties sporting full camo, a black helmet, and what appeared to be a rifle.

“He was standing there with the gun to his chin. We were like, what the heck is going on? Why does this kid have a gun to his face?” Kephart said. He dropped to his knees. “He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun, and was tackled by the police.”

Police closed off the block, lined by spectators, and yellow police tape surrounded the full parking lot. Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz were at the scene late Saturday afternoon, gathered in a parking lot across the street from the Tops store.

Buffalo Police on scene at Tops Friendly Market after a mass shooting at the store in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 14, 2022. (John Normile/Getty Images)

More than two hours after the shooting, Erica Pugh-Mathews was waiting outside the store, behind the police tape.

“We would like to know the status of my aunt, my mother’s sister. She was in there with her fiance. They separated and went to different aisles,” she said. “A bullet barely missed him. He was able to hide in a freezer but he was not able to get to my aunt and does not know where she is. We just would like word either way if she’s OK.”

Gov. Kathy Hochul wrote on Twitter that she was “closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” her hometown. She said state officials have offered help to local authorities. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that it ordered all available personnel to assist Buffalo police.

Attorney General Merrick Garland was briefed on the shooting, Justice Department spokesperson Anthony Coley said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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