A Kosher Supermarket that was the scene of a shootout which killed six people in Jersey City on Tuesday afternoon may have been the intended target of the deceased gunmen, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop confirms to Haaretz.
An officer, three civilians, and two suspects were fatally shot and three other officers wounded while responding to two incidents at two locations throughout Jersey City.
Gunfire erupted for more than an hour in a shootout that spanned between a local cemetery and a convenience store, where officials reported there were casualties inside, officials said. Three civilians and two suspected gunmen were among the deceased there, according to The New York Times.
The situation began early Tuesday afternoon, as the two suspects fortified inside a convenience store after opening fire on police at nearby Bayview Cemetery.
For more than an hour, loud exchanges of gunfire rang out in the city’s Greenville neighborhood. Helicopters circled overhead as police officers swarmed the streets.
They aimed handguns and long guns in every direction as they traveled down the street in formations, knocking on doors and ushering residents and business owners to safety.
The shooting took place on Martin Luther King Drive near Bayview Avenue, according to local media. Jersey City is just west of New York City, across the Hudson River.
Video footage of the scene displayed an extensive police response, including SWAT teams and snipers located on nearby roofs. The FBI and ATF also responded.
Gunfire broke out at around 12:30 p.m., and two hours later, the scene was still very active. At least one officer was shot.
There’s still not many details about the shooters, whether there was a particular target, or if there are other victims in addition to the wounded police officer. The shooting began at a nearby cemetery, ABC reported. Suspects then barricaded themselves.
At least one of the shooters was armed with a long gun, according to the New York Times.
An elementary school near the convenience store was placed on lockdown. Other schools (43 to be exact) in the area were also placed on lockdown, with an estimated total of 30,000 students on lockdown. The students have now been released.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy stated he’d been briefed on the shooting. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff,” Murphy wrote on Twitter, “and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown.”