Jewish market targeted - officials not calling attack 'anti-Semitic' yet

Jersey City Mayor Says Gunmen Targeted Kosher Market in Shooting That Left 6 Dead

New Jersey killers 'targeted' Jewish supermarket

He said three citizens inside the business were killed and many more could have lost their lives had officers not responded quickly.

Gov. Philip D. Murphy said in a statement: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren now under lockdown".

"We're going to notify the family, but he's one of our best police officers and it's a tough day for Jersey City Police Department", the mayor told reporters.

The gun battle began when the suspects killed a detective across town, then drove a rental van to the market.

"I was standing by the salad bar in the grocery and I heard three shots, bullets shattered the glass of the grocery", shared one eyewitness via WhatsApp.

Anderson and Graham, who had just killed a Jersey City detective at a nearby cemetery, slaughtered three people inside the store and exchanged gunfire with an army of cops for hours before being fatally shot, officials have said.

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As authorities piece together the timeline of the deadly shooting, much of what led up to the firefight and how it unfolded is still unclear.

"They exited the van and they proceeded to attack this location in a targeted manner", Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea told a morning news conference. The episode was captured on a video that went viral after Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann appeared to be taunting Nathan Phillips.

The suspects then took a stolen U-Haul truck to a Jewish supermarket, where they began shooting inside and held police at bay for almost four hours.

"After reviewing the CCTV cameras on the Jersey City side, we do feel it was a targeted attack on the Jewish kosher deli across the street here", Fulop said on Wednesday morning, standing in front of the attacked establishment.

A video shot by a witness shows a police officer on the ground by a auto, apparently wounded.

Grewal said that they are still investigating the motive behind the incident, and why the suspects opened fire immediately.

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The names of the suspects and the third innocent victim have not been released by authorities. "Hate and anti-semitism have never had a place here in JC and will never have a place in our city", Fulop wrote on Twitter.

Police were on high alert in Jewish neighborhoods in the NY metropolitan area after the hourslong shootout with police. Tonight, NYPD assets are being redeployed to protect key locations in the Jewish community.

US President Donald Trump said he had been briefed on the incident, which he called a "horrific shootout", adding that the White House would be monitoring the situation and assisting local officials. Joseph Seals, 39, approached the suspects, who were wanted for questioning in the murder of a 34-year-old man. He is believed to have been ambushed, according to a law enforcement source.

Seals was part of a statewide anti-violence unit, and Kelly credited him with removing "dozens and dozens" of handguns from the streets in Jersey City. "We believe that he was killed while trying to interdict with the bad guys".

The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that two additional officers and a civilian were wounded but stable.

A video shot by a witness shows a police officer on the ground by a auto, apparently wounded. They were both treated and later released. "And now this threat has reached the doorstep of New York City".

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"Unfortunately we see now we are not safe in the NY metropolitan area", Niederman said.

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