by Shelby Talcott
Two gunmen targeted a Jewish supermarket in New Jersey Tuesday, according to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.
A police officer, three bystanders and the two gunmen died after an hours-long shootout broke out in Jersey City Tuesday. The gun fight broke out at a cemetery and continued at a kosher supermarket about a mile away, The Associated Press reported.
“Last night after extensive review of our [closed-circuit television] CCTV system it has now become clear from the cameras that these two individuals targeted the Kosher grocery location,” Fulop, a Democrat, tweeted Wednesday morning. This came after Fulop noted Tuesday evening that the gunmen likely targeted the location.
Based on our initial investigation (which is ongoing) we now believe the active shooters targeted the location they attacked. Due to an excess of caution the community may see additional police resources in the days/weeks ahead. We have no indication there are any further threats
— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) December 11, 2019
It is unclear if the attack was terrorism-related or why officials believe the supermarket was targeted.
“I’m Jewish and proud to live in a community like #JerseyCity that has always welcomed everyone,” Fulop tweeted Wednesday. “It is the home of #EllisIsland and has always been the golden door to America. Hate and anti-semitism have never had a place here in JC and will never have a place in our city.”
“Our officers were under fire for hours,” Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said.
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Shelby Talcott is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.