Jewish grocery was targeted in New Jersey attack, motives unclear

Thursday, 12 Dec, 2019

Though officials and police in Jersey City initially said there was no indication of an anti-Semitic motivation in the attacks, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop later indicated that the shooter deliberately targeted the kosher market.

The suspected shooters in the deadly Jersey City shootout on Tuesday have been identified, according to reports.

The bloodshed began around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when veteran Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals, 40, was shot dead in Bayview Cemetery.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said in a tweet Wednesday morning that a review of security cameras show that the gunmen targeted the market.

The mayor applauded the quick response of two nearby police officers, who had been walking patrol one block away when they heard the gunshots.

He did not comment on why the grocery was targeted but said the shooters appeared to choose it rather than other people or locations on the street.

"It's a tough day for the Jersey City Police Department, you know, these people work tirelessly in very, very tough conditions,"said Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulp".

Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said the officer was trying to stop some "bad guys" near a cemetery.

Surveillance video shows a van moving slowly through the city's streets before stopping in front of the store, Fulop said.

Fulop commended the city's police force, who held the suspects inside the store, obstructing any attempts to flee and harm others. -Police officials then learned that an officer was down at the Bayview Cemetary.

Investigators remain at the scene, and will be there for some time, according to Jersey City's Chief of Police. A sixth person - a police detective - also was killed, apparently near a cemetery, Kelly said. The released at 4:45 parents.

Mordechai Rubin, a member of the local Jewish emergency medical services, said the small Jewish community has grown over the past three or four years, made up mostly of people from Brooklyn seeking a "nicer, quieter" and more affordable place to live.

US President Donald Trump said on Twitter: "Just received a briefing on the horrific shootout that took place in Jersey City, NJ".

Neither the state attorney general, who is running the investigation, nor any other law enforcement authority has confirmed the shooters targeted Jews. And in neighboring New York, state police have increased patrols near synagogues and Jewish establishments, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

At a press conference called in response to the attack on Wednesday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an increased police presence at Jewish institutions across New York City over the coming days.

"Tonight NYPD assets are being deployed to protect key locations in the Jewish community". Both were wounded in the subsequent gun battle and were later released from the hospital, authorities said.

"We recognize the fear that communities rightfully feel after traumatic incidents such as these, and we are committed to providing all resources necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our fellow residents", Grewal said.

The JCPOBA set up a GoFundMe page to accommodate all of the generous offers of support received in the hours after the December 10 shootings that resulted in the death of Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals. "Tomorrow we will announce additional measures", he said late Tuesday. "Keep all those involved in your thoughts".