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A gunman armed with a rifle opened fire Saturday afternoon inside a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., killing at least eight people and wounding others in the latest mass shooting to strike America.
Details of the shooting at the Tops Friendly Market were confirmed by law enforcement officials to The Associated Press.
Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) told CNN he was told at least eight people were killed. AP reported the death toll was as high as 10.
Police and witnesses told AP the gunman surrendered outside the store and was taken into custody. He was wearing military style clothing and body armor, they said.
“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?” witness Braedyn Kephart said. “He dropped to his knees. He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun, and was tackled by the police.”
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul asked residents to stay away from the scene, a predominantly African-American neighborhood a few miles from downtown Buffalo.
“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,” she tweeted.