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A gunman sporting a rifle and body armour has opened fire in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing at least 10 people before being taken into custody.

Details on the number of additional people shot at the Tops Friendly Market today and their conditions weren’t immediately available.

Two officials who spoke to the Associated Press were not permitted to speak publicly on the matter and did so on the condition of anonymity.

At least 10 people have been killed after the supermarket mass shooting in New York state. (AP)

Investigators believe the man may have been livestreaming the shooting and were looking into whether he had posted a manifesto online, the official said.

The official cautioned the investigation was in its preliminary stages and that authorities hadn’t yet discerned a clear motive, but were investigating whether the shooting was racially motivated.

The supermarket is in a predominately Black neighbourhood, about 5km north of downtown Buffalo.

The surrounding area is primarily residential, with a Family Dollar store and fire station near the store.

Buffalo police confirmed the shooter was in custody in a tweet, but did not identify the suspect.

Witnesses reported the gunman was wearing military-style clothing in addition to the body armour, one of the officials said.

Police at the scene of the shooting in New York state. (AP)

Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooter was exiting.

They described him as a white male in his late teens or early twenties sporting full camo, a black helmet and what appeared to be a rifle.

“He was standing there with the gun to his chin. We were like what the heck is going on? Why does this kid have a gun to his face?” Kephart said.

He dropped to his knees.

“He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun, and was tackled by the police.”

Police closed off the block, lined by spectators, and yellow police taped surrounded the full parking lot

More to come.

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