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Buffalo shooting: Ten dead in attack at New York state supermarket Buffalo shooting: Ten dead in attack at supermarket in New York state
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The suspect - who has been detained - is believed to have driven for hours to reach the predominantly black area of BuffaloThe suspect - who has been detained - is believed to have driven for hours to reach the predominantly black area of Buffalo
Ten people have been killed in a shooting at a supermarket in New York state, police say. Ten people have been killed in a shooting in New York state that is being investigated as a racially-motivated hate crime.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested at the scene in the city of Buffalo. He has not been named by police. An 18-year-old man was detained after a stand-off at the scene in the city of Buffalo. Police have not named him.
The suspect entered the busy supermarket on Saturday before opening fire while using a camera to live-stream the attack online, police said. The suspect entered a busy supermarket on Saturday afternoon before opening fire. He used a camera to live-stream the attack online, police said.
The FBI is investigating the shooting - which left three other people injured - as a racially-motivated hate crime. The FBI described the shooting as an act of "violent extremism".
At a news conference, police said the suspect was carrying heavy weaponry while wearing body armour and a tactical helmet. "We are investigating this incident as both a hate crime and a case of racially-motivated violent extremism," Stephen Belongia, the agent in charge of the FBI's Buffalo office, told a news conference.
"This is the worst nightmare that any community can face and we are hurting, we are seething right now," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. The suspect is believed to have driven for several hours to reach the predominantly black area of the city. Thirteen people were shot and the majority of the victims were black, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said.
He added that the suspect was not from the city and is believed to have driven for several hours to reach the predominantly black area of Buffalo. The three wounded victims - who all worked at the supermarket - have not sustained life-threatening injuries.
"We are investigating this incident as both a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism," Stephen Belongia, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Buffalo office, told the news conference, A retired police officer who was working as a security guard at the supermarket tried to shoot the suspect but was among those killed.
Speaking to CBS earlier on Saturday, a police source said the detained suspect allegedly shouted racial slurs during the attack. The suspect was carrying a high-powered rifle and wore body armour as well as a helmet, police said. He surrendered his weapon after a tense stand-off before being detained.
US President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting. "The president and the first lady are praying for those who have been lost and for their loved ones," a White House statement said. He is expected to make his first court appearance to face murder charges later on Saturday.
The 18-year-old suspect surrendered his weapon after a stand-off with local police officers
Speaking to CBS, a police source alleged that the man had shouted racial slurs during the attack.
"This is the worst nightmare that any community can face and we are hurting, we are seething right now," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told reporters at the news conference.
"We cannot let this hateful person divide our community or our country," he added.
Describing the aftermath of the attack, one police officer told Buffalo News: "It's like walking onto a horror movie, but everything is real. It is Armageddon-like".
New York Governor Kathy Hochul described the incident as a "despicable act of violence" and said she was travelling to Buffalo to assist with the response.
US President Joe Biden, meanwhile, has been briefed on the shooting. "The president and the first lady are praying for those who have been lost and for their loved ones," a White House statement said.