Police have still not identified the subject, but confirmed the man is in custody. He reportedly entered Tops Friendly Market at about 2:30 PM and police had him in custody an hour later.
Onlookers reported the shooter was wearing a camouflage outfit with a helmet. Police suspect that he was live-streaming at the time of the shooting in the predominately black neighborhood along the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue. They also recovered two rifles from the scene.
“I am closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted Saturday. “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.”
Buffalo also happens to be the governor’s hometown.
I am closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo. 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.
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) May 14, 2022
“A horrible day in the history our community,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted. “Like too many communities in our nation, we’ve been impacted by the horror or a mass shooting. My thoughts are about the deceased and with their families at this terrible time.”
Poloncarz was reported at the scene alongside Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, both of whom are expected to make statements on the shooting.
The total number of injured victims it yet to be seen.