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New York State Police said in a tweet on Saturday afternoon that they were at the scene of a “mass shooting” at a Buffalo grocery store.
At a news conference, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said 13 people were shot and 10 people died as a result of the shooting, which is being investigated as a hate crime.
Gramaglia said an 18-year-old white man allegedly carried out the shooting and was streaming it live online.
Officials say the shooter traveled “hours” outside of Buffalo. The shooting happened at Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.
“BPD at the scene of a mass shooting at the Tops in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue. Police say multiple people were hit by gunfire. The shooter is in custody. Motorists and residents are asked to avoid the area,” the police department tweeted. .
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said in a tweet that she was “closely monitoring” the shooting.
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“I am closely monitoring the grocery store shooting in Buffalo. We have offered assistance to local authorities. If you are in Buffalo, please avoid the area and follow the advice of law enforcement and local officials,” Hochul tweeted.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that it had ordered “all available resources and personnel” to assist the Buffalo Police Department in responding to the shooting.