December 12, 2019 – In Breaking News – USA TODAY
The shooting rampage by two gunmen who killed a police officer before opening fire on a kosher supermarket, fueling a three-hour gunfight involving hundreds of rounds of ammunition, is being investigated as domestic terrorism, authorities said Thursday.
“We believe the suspects held views that reflected hatred of the Jewish people as well as law enforcement,” Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said at a news conference.
A note was found inside the gunmen’s U-Haul van at the scene, but authorities are not labeling it as a manifesto, Grewal said.
(Two men shot and killed New Jersey police detective Joseph Seals then took three hostages who were killed in a firefight before the suspects were shot and killed by police. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube. Posted on Dec 11, 2019.)
Grewal said investigators are working to determine why Officer Joseph Seals and the JC Kosher Supermarket were targeted by suspects David Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50.
Evidence thus far indicates they acted alone, Grewal said. The duo are also prime suspects in the slaying of a local man found beaten to death in a car trunk in Bayonne on Saturday, three days before the carnage at the kosher market, authorities said.
Continue reading… ‘Act of domestic terrorism’: Authorities say Jersey City suspects had anti-Semitic, anti-police views
Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jersey City Police Detective Joe 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.
(The Jersey City Police Department is mourning one of their own after Det. Joseph Seals was killed in a police shootout Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy of Eyewitness News ABC7NY and YouTube. Posted on Dec 10, 2019.)
Jersey City Shooting: What We Know So Far
December 12, 2019 – In Breaking News – The New York Times
Nothing seemed unusual about the rental van that was navigating the streets of Jersey City, until the man and woman inside descended on a kosher market and unleashed a barrage of deadly gunfire.
In that instant, a bustling Hasidic neighborhood turned into a war zone.
In the end, six people, including the assailants and a Jersey City police detective shot nearby, had been killed.
Investigators later determined that the carnage on Tuesday began with the shooting of the detective, Joe Seals, near a cemetery.
The attack on the market appeared to be premeditated, the authorities said.
(Attorney General Grewal will hold a news conference with state and federal law enforcement leaders to provide an update on the investigation into the Jersey City shootings. Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, District of New Jersey, Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly, Colonel Patrick Callahan, New Jersey State Police, SAC Gregory W. Ehrie, FBI Newark, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Director Jared Maples, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness SAC Charlie J. Patterson, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives while at the Hudson County Prosecutors Office in Jersey City, NJ. Courtesy of New Jersey OAG and YouTube. Posted on Dec 12, 2019.)
Here’s what we know so far.
Five people, including the assailants, were killed at the market.
As the assailants and the police exchanged gunfire at the JC Kosher Supermarket, officers descended on the van.
Officials later said it contained a pipe bomb and a manifesto-style note.
Inside the market, three were slain.
They were identified as Mindel Ferencz, 33, who ran the market with her husband; Moshe Deutsch, 24, a rabbinical student; and Miguel Douglas Rodriguez, 49, who worked at the store.
One suspect was linked to the Black Hebrew Israelites.
(The suspects have been identified in the deadly shootout in Jersey City and now authorities are preliminarily investigating the incident as a case of domestic terrorism. Courtesy of Eyewitness News ABC7NY and YouTube. Posted on Dec 11, 2019.)
The authorities identified David Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50, as the attackers.
Mr. Anderson had expressed anti-Semitic and anti-police views online, and investigators said they believed that the attack on the market was fueled by those sentiments.
According to an official, Mr. Anderson appeared to have a connection to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, which is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The movement has no connection with mainstream Judaism.
He and Ms. Graham are also suspects in a recent killing in Bayonne, N.J., according to officials.
Surveillance footage showed that the market was targeted.
The store was part of a budding ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.
Jersey City’s mayor, Steven Fulop, said the footage showed the attackers driving slowly toward the market.
“The perpetrators stopped in front of there and calmly opened the door with two long rifles,” he said.
(Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop stands at the site where a bloody gun battle took place two days prior to call the shooting an act of anti-Semitic domestic terrorism. Courtesy of NJ .com and YouTube. Posted on Dec 12, 2019.)
In New York City, a unit will target far-right and extremist hate groups.
Across the Hudson River, Mayor de Blasio announced yesterday that the New York Police Department had formed a new unit within its intelligence division, known as Racially and Ethnically Motivated Extremism.
Continue reading… Jersey City Shooting: What We Know So Far
(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.)
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