At least ten people have been killed in a mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York supermarket law enforcement officials told the AP.
A Buffalo police official at the scene and another source close to law enforcement confirmed the massacre at the supermarket before a late afternoon news conference.
“It’s like walking onto a horror movie, but everything is real. It is Armageddon-like,” said the police official at the scene to the AP, “It is so overwhelming.”
Witnesses reported the gunman was wearing military-style clothing in addition to the body armor and a helmet, one of the law enforcement officials told AP.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the alleged shooter, an 18-year-old white male, is not from the area and ‘traveled hours’ to target grocery shoppers.
“This is the worst nightmare that any community can face, and we are hurting and we are seething right now,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at a news conference. “The depth of pain that families are feeling and that all of us are feeling right now cannot even be explained.”
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia added, “This was pure evil. It was straight up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community, outside of the City of Good neighbors … coming into our community and trying to inflict that evil upon us.”