Shooters targeted New Jersey kosher market, leaving cop and 5 others dead, mayor reveals
A shooting at a kosher market Tuesday in Jersey City, New Jersey, ended with a police officer, three civilians, and two suspects dead in what the city’s mayor called a targeted attack. “Based on our initial investigation (which is ongoing) we now believe the active shooters targeted the location they attacked,” Mayor Steven Fulop said on Twitter. “Due to an excess of caution the community may see additional police resources in the days/weeks ahead. We have no indication there are any further threats.”
Camera footage, as well as anti-Semitic and anti-police posts reportedly published online by one of the suspects, led authorities to conclude that the shooting was a targeted attack, The New York Times reported. Police also found a stolen U-Haul truck that Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said “may contain an incendiary device” and that bomb squads were investigating, The Washington Post reported.
The officer killed has been identified as Jersey City Police Det. Joseph Seals, a 15-year veteran of the department, Kelly said during a news conference Tuesday. He also said two other officers were shot but have since been released from the hospital.
Officers responded to the shooting soon after they were alerted at about 12:30 p.m., and they were faced with “high-powered rifle fire” at the market at Martin Luther King Drive and Bidwell Avenue, Kelly told reporters. Fulop said in a series of tweets that the situation could have been worse. ”Had the 2 JCPD officers on the foot post one block south not responded immediately and had they not run TOWARDS the gun fire I’m 100% certain that this situation would have been far more tragic than what it already is,” he said. “There is enough info to know this could have been far worse.”