BUFFALO, New York.- At least 10 people were killed and three were injured. during a supermarket shooting in the American city of buffalo, in the state of New York, in the north of the country.
The main suspect is an 18-year-old white man who, at 2:30 p.m. (local time), drove to Buffalo and arrived at a “very heavily armed” supermarket, broadcasting live what he was about to do, police sources confirmed. the CNN network.
”At approximately 2:30 today, an individual who the mayor said is not from this area and hours away drove to Buffalo and went to Tops Market. He got out of his vehicle, he was very heavily armed, he had tactical gear. He was wearing a tactical helmet. He had a camera that was broadcasting live what he was doing,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia.
After shooting four people in the supermarket parking lot, the young man entered the place and managed to shoot down a security guard before continuing to shoot more people inside. Shortly after, several Buffalo Police officers managed to arrest him and take him to the police station, Gramaglia explained.
It is a fact that according to the authorities will be investigated as a hate crime and an “act of violence due to racial extremism.”
Authorities said the suspect, who was armed with an assault rifle and appeared to have acted alone, came to the city of Buffalo from another New York county “hours away” to attack the supermarket, located in a largely African American.
“We are investigating this incident as a hate crime and a case of racist extremist violence,” Stephen Belongia, a special agent with the FBI Buffalo office on the case, told reporters.
Eleven of the 13 people shot were of African descent and two were Caucasian, according to US authorities.
For her part, the governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, tweeted that she was “closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” her hometown. She pointed out that the state authorities have offered her help to the municipal ones.
Reuters, AP and DPA agencies