Officials in Jersey City have confirmed the suspects behind Tuesday's deadly shooting rampage purposely targeted a kosher grocery store, firing into the business before barricading themselves inside and engaging in a gun battle with police.
One of the shooters. Three law enforcement officials say that Anderson was once a member of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.
WNBC in NY reports that the shooters have been identified as David Anderson and Francine Graham, citing four law enforcement officials.
Authorities told the station there was a note inside a U-Haul van used in the attack containing religious writings.
Mayor Steven Fulop refused to call it an anti-Semitic attack but said surveillance video showed the gunmen driving slowly through the city's streets and then stopping outside a kosher grocery store, where they calmly got out of their van and immediately opened fire.
"There were multiple other people on the streets so there were many other targets available to them that they bypassed to attack that place", Shea said.
"They exited the van and they proceeded to attack this location in a targeted manner", Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea told a morning news conference.More news: WhatsApp will soon stop working on old devices
Fulop said a review of security camera footage has led to the conclusion that the gunmen targeted the market.
The intense standoff, which involved dozens of Jersey City officers along with SWAT teams and agents from both the ATF and Federal Bureau of Investigation, led to lockdowns at several surrounding schools.
"If not for them", Murphy said, "I shudder, we shudder to think about how much worse today could have been". -Top brass contacted The FBI, Port Authority Police, ATF, NYPD and a host of other agencies to assist -Tactical units in the scene took gunfire for hours as gunmen repeatedly fired at officers.
"Within seconds, more Jersey City police officers responded to their calls, pulled them out of the line of fire and continue to engage the two people carrying guns inside the store", Shea said.
Police had said earlier on Tuesday they believed the kosher grocery was randomly singled out by the shooters.
They "jumped in the back of a BearCat, an armored vehicle", Bernard Kerik said, and a Jersey City police officer drove it down the block, to the Jewish kosher deli market where the hourslong shootout unfolded.
The shooting began near a cemetery, where Detective Joseph Seals, 40, who led the department in the number of illegal guns removed from the streets in recent years, was cut down by gunfire.More news: EPL: Lampard reveals player Chelsea will buy in January
A police officer pushes pedestrians back from the scene of a shooting in Jersey City, New Jersey, Dec. 10, 2019.
Though investigators haven't concluded the attack was anti-Semitic, Fulop said officials would meet "with leadership in the Jewish community" on Wednesday.
Fulop noted Wednesday he is "Jewish and proud to live in a community like #JerseyCity that has always welcomed everyone".
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that while there was no known specific threat to the city, he had placed city police on high alert, in particular to protect Jewish residents.
The Ferencz family was one of the first three Orthodox families who moved to the Greenville section of Jersey City, said Mordy Rubin, a volunteer working with Misaskim, an American Orthodox organization for the care of the dead. "Tomorrow, we will announce additional measures", de Blasio tweeted Tuesday. The man's body was found stuffed in a auto that had been dumped in nearby Bayonne, New Jersey, law enforcement sources confirm. "I was praying, I don't know what's happened, '" Schapiro said of the conversation, when the rabbi was also unaware that the man's wife had been killed.
The New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association tweeted: "We need a lot of prayers right now for Jersey City officers".More news: Five killed in hotel attack in Somali capital