A heavily armoured gunman killed 10 people and injured three at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, authorities said, adding that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the incident as a hate crime.
San Franciso, May 15: A heavily armoured gunman killed 10 people and injured three at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, authorities said, adding that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the incident as a hate crime.
The gunman wore military-style clothing and body armour while carrying a rifle, according to reports.
He had a camera and the shooting was live streamed, according to Gramaglia.
Gramaglia said 11 victims are black while the other two are white.
The suspect drove to the Tops Friendly Market at around 2.30 p.m. and shot four people in the parking lot.
After shooting innocents inside the supermarket, the gunman once put the gun to his own neck but was persuaded by patrol officers to drop his gun, according to Gramaglia.
The gunman has been taken into custody and transported to Buffalo Police Headquarters.
The suspect will be arraigned on charge of murder in first degree, according to a district attorney.
In a statement on Saturday night, US Attorney General Merrick Garland said the DOJ "is investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism".
Meanwhile, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said that "the shooter was not from this community. In fact, the shooter travelled hours from outside this community to perpetrate this crime on the people of Buffalo".
The supermarket is located in a black-dominated community, which is around 3.2 km northeast of downtown Buffalo.
More than 28,000 people have died or been injured due to gun-related incidents in the United States this year, according to a database run by the nonprofit research group Gun Violence Archive.