Attorney General Grewal identifies suspects, victims in Jersey City shootingsPosted: Updated:
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal identified the two suspects and the three civilian victims killed in Tuesday's Jersey City shootings. A police detective was also killed.
Grewal identified the shooters as 47-year-old David Anderson and 50-year-old Francine Graham. He says they killed Detective Joseph Seals in Bayview Cemetery.
Grewal says after killing Seals, the shooters took off in a stolen U-Haul van, entered the JC Kosher Supermarket and killed three people. They are identified as Mindy Ferencz, Moshe Deutsch and Miguel Douglas. A fourth person was shot but survived. That person was not identified.
Firearms and a pipe bomb were recovered from the scene, according to Grewal.
Grewal also said that the two attackers are prime suspects in the death of a man whose body had been found in a car trunk nearby over the weekend. Investigators say it is possible Seals was investigating the two suspects for that crime at the time he was fatally shot.
Mayor Steven Fulop said earlier that some of the victims may have been targeted.
During a news conference, Mayor Fulop says CCTV shows shooters targeted their attack on people inside the kosher grocery store. Police patrol then responded. But Fulop did not elaborate, and his public safety director had said Tuesday that terrorism wasn't suspected. Neither the state attorney general, who is running the investigation, nor any other law enforcement authority has confirmed the shooters targeted Jewish individuals.
Mayor Fulop tweeted this morning, "Last night after extensive review of our CCTV system it has now become clear from the cameras that these two individuals targeted the Kosher grocery location on MLK Dr - the 2 JCPD officers that were on a foot post one block away immediately responded/engaged and prevented the perpetrators from leaving that location and harming any further civilians. At this time we have no credible further threats from this incident but out of an abundance of caution we will be increasing our police presence in the community. The AG's office and HCPO will handle the formal investigation."
The tweet followed a news conference in which investigators said the attack was not terror-related.
Eric Adams, borough president of Brooklyn, says in a tweet, "I've just learned that two of the victims in today's Jersey City tragedy were natives of Brooklyn, one of them a current Williamsburg resident. This news further sharpens the pain of this mass shooting for our Jewish community. We mourn together. May their memories be a blessing."
Several roads were shut down and all Jersey City schools were placed on lockdown after the shooting near Martin Luther King Drive and Bayview Avenue. All schools were systematically released at 4:15 p.m., according to Fulop. SWAT teams responded to the scene, along with the NYPD bomb unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office says two additional officers were also struck by gunfire. Officials say Ray Sanchez and Mariela Fernandez were injured -- one in the shoulder and the other in the body. Both were treated and released from the hospital.
Heavy gunfire was heard during the standoff. Video shows a line of police officers armed with weapons pointed in several directions walking down the sidewalk. Witnesses grabbed their cellphones when they saw and heard what was going on. There were many gunshots heard by residents.
"All of a sudden, I heard firecrackers and then five minutes later all hell broke loose," says witness Norm Francoeur. "You could see there was action across street - gunfire and smoke across the street and a van was getting shot up. Police drove up in front of us and the car got its tire shot out. There were cops all over the place hiding behind vehicles.
Detective Joseph Seals was a 15-year veteran of the department. He was married with five children. Seals helped get dozens of guns off of the streets as part of the department's Cease Fire Unit.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.
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