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Jersey City's mayor says gunmen targeted kosher market

Posted at 11:14 AM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 11:31:23-05

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of Jersey City says it's clear that gunmen in a furious shooting that left six people dead targeted a Jewish market.

Mayor Steven Fulop isn’t calling Tuesday’s shooting an anti-Semitic attack. But he said Wednesday that surveillance video shows the gunmen got out of their van at a kosher grocery store after bypassing other buildings on the way.

The state attorney general and other law enforcement officials haven’t said whether the shooters targeted Jews and the city public safety director says terrorism isn’t suspected.

A police officer, three bystanders and two suspects all died in the violence.

The officer who was killed was credited for having led the department in the amount of illegal guns removed from the streets recently and may have been trying to stop an incident involving them when he was killed.

After shooting him around 12:30 p.m., the gunmen took a stolen rental van to another part of the city and engaged in a lengthy shootout with police.

When officers arrived to the area of the kosher store, they were "immediately engaged by high-power rifle fire."

Once officers made it inside the store, they found the bodies of who they believed were the two gunmen and three other people who happened to be there when the assailants came inside, authorities said.