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Police in New York State said in a tweet on Saturday afternoon that it was on the scene of a “mass shooting” at a grocery store in Buffalo.
Multiple people have been struck by gunfire and the suspect is in custody, according to the police department. The shooting happened at Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.
“BPD on scene of a mass shooting at the Tops in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue. Police say multiple people have been struck by gunfire. The shooter is in custody. Motorists and residents are urged to avoid the area,” the police department tweeted.
At least eight people were killed in the shooting, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke with the Associated Press.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said in a tweet that she’s “closely monitoring” the shooting.
“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,” Hochul tweeted.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that it has ordered “all available resources and personnel” to assist the Buffalo Police Department in responding to the shooting.