At least 10 people have died in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. On Saturday afternoon, a man arrested by local police opened fire on customers at Tops Friendly Markets, located on Jefferson Avenue, five kilometers north of downtown. The identity of the shooter has not been released.
The Buffalo Police Department did not confirm the casualty figures provided by the Associated Press, nor did they specify the number of people killed or injured in the attack. He limited himself to saying that “several people were injured from the shots.”
The store is located in a poor area of Buffalo and, according to local media, is a very popular supermarket in the predominantly black area. Buffalo is the second most populated city in the state after New York. It lies a few kilometers from the Canadian border and has frequent exchanges with the Ontario region and its capital, Toronto.
The worker, identified as Will G., told the Buffalo News, which was the first to raise the death toll to 10, that he had plenty of time to hide behind one of the establishment’s refrigerators when it all started. “I only heard shots. Shots and more shots,” he said. “Looks like things are falling off the shelves.”
Amid the riots, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted: “I am closely following the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo. We offered help to local officials. If you are in Buffalo, please avoid the area and follow the instructions of the police and other authorities.”
The US media dusted off the memory of another shooting with which it bears some similarities: the one that took place in March 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. So, 10 people, including a police officer, were killed at the King Soopers grocery store.
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