January 13, 2020 – In Breaking News – CNN
New Jersey shooters David Anderson and Francine Graham had an improvised explosive device inside their U-Haul van that had the reach of five football fields, a weapon that could have been part of larger wave of attacks targeting the Jewish community and law enforcement, officials said Monday.
“If it exploded in the right place it could have certainly injured or killed people up to five football fields away,” said FBI Newark Special Agent in Charge Gregory Ehrie.
Ehrie and others mentioned the homemade bomb along with new details about the investigation into both the shooters and the incidents that led up to the pair opening fire inside a kosher supermarket in Jersey City on December 10.
Both shooters — who Ehrie said were not connected to any group, including the Black Hebrew Israelites — were living in that van.
They surveilled the supermarket days before the attack and even drove past the location that day, officials said.
(Surveillance video showed the gunmen driving slowly through the city’s streets and then stopping outside a kosher grocery store and immediately opening fire. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube. Posted on Dec 11, 2019.)
There were also enough materials in the van to make another explosive device, Ehrie said.
The violence, which officials said was months in the making, included the purchase of five firearms in March 2018, target practice with long guns days before the shooting, the shooting at a vehicle being driven by a Hasidic Jew close to Newark Airport, and the bludgeoning and shooting death of another victim, Michael Rumberger, also before the Jersey City shooting.
“This was nothing but a senseless, evil, cowardly act of anti-Semitism and hatred towards not just the Jewish community but law enforcement,” said US Attorney for New Jersey Craig Carpenito.
“Anderson and Graham both targeted Jewish victims and law enforcement and we know now that they planned greater acts of mayhem on both communities.”
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(Thousands mourn and honor Detective Joseph Seals at his funeral, including officers from every police department in New Jersey. Rest in peace and thank you for your service, Detective Seals. Courtesy of NJ .com and YouTube. Posted on Dec 17, 2019.)
Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Detective Joseph Seals, both blood and blue. Thank you for your bravery in serving the citizens of Jersey City, with pride and distinction. You will not be forgotten.
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