Police in Buffalo, New York, have described the shooting of 10 people at a supermarket as a racially motivated hate crime.
The offender live streamed the attack on the internet.
An 18-year-old white man dressed in army fatigues was arrested at the scene of the killings after surrendering to police.
The FBI’s special agent in charge said the bureau was investigating the shooting as both a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism.
The supermarket is in a predominantly black neighbourhood, about five kilometres north of downtown Buffalo.
Police descended on the shopping centre after the attack.(Derek Gee: The Buffalo News via AP)
Authorities said the offender, who was armed with an assault-style rifle and appeared to have acted alone, came to Buffalo from a New York county “hours away” to target the store in a predominantly black community.
Eleven of the 13 people struck by gunfire were black and two were white, officials said.
Erie County Sherriff John Garcia said the shooting was “pure evil”, while the city’s Mayor, Bryon Brown, said Buffalo had suffered “tremendous heartbreak”.
Posted 1h ago1 hours agoSat 14 May 2022 at 10:27pm, updated 28m ago28 minutes agoSat 14 May 2022 at 11:05pm