The FBI said Saturday it is investigating the shooting that left 10 people dead at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store as a “hate crime.”
“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, told reporters.
According to the city’s Police Department, the event took place in the Tops supermarket, near the center of Buffalo, a city located in the extreme north of the state of New York.
The local media The Buffalo News said that in addition to the 10 fatalities, there are three other people injured, two of them in serious condition.
“Several people have been hit by gunshots. The shooter is in custody,” police wrote in a Twitter message without offering further details.
According to the CNBC4 channel, which cites three agents, the attacker entered the supermarket, located on Jefferson Avenue, a little after 2:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. GMT) and shot at least eight people.
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
Some sources indicated that the shooter was dressed in military-style clothing.
The governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, wrote a tweet shortly after the event was known, in which she assured that she was closely following what happened and that she had offered support to local forces. (I)