LATEST: Officer Dead, 2 Cops Wounded, 3 Citizens & 2 Shooters Down

Sandy Malone

Two suspects with rifles killed a Jersey City police officer and three civilians, and wounded two additional officers.

Jersey City, NJ – One Jersey City police officer was fatally shot, two more officers were wounded, and at least three innocent civilians were killed by a pair of shooters in Jersey City on Tuesday.

Three senior law enforcement officials told WNBC that the incident started out as a homicide investigation when an undercover officer approached the suspects in the Bayview Cemetery and was fatally shot.

The shooters – a man and a woman dressed entirely in black - fled the cemetery.

At about 12:20 p.m., the suspects arrived at the JC Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Drive and Bayview Avenue in a U-Haul van, the New York Daily News reported.

NJ.com reported that the shooters parked the truck at the corner store and then each carried one gun inside.

There is no information at this time that the store was specifically targeted, WNBC reported.

The suspect were firing at anyone they spotted on the street – both police and civilians - and residents were urged to stay inside their homes and away from the windows as authorities worked for hours to stop the shooters.

Two officers were shot during the gunfight.

They were transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where there is a massive police presence, according to WNBC.

The gunmen fired shots at the nearby schools, in addition to pedestrians.

Superintendent of Jersey City Schools Frank Walker told WNBC that gunfire could be heard on the streets and all of the nearby schools immediately took precautions and went into lockdown.

Law enforcement officers including tactical SWAT units responded to the scene from all over the region, WNBC reported.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also responded to the scene to assist.

The incident came to an end in a barrage of gunfire after more than two hours, and police founds five people fatally shot inside the supermarket.

Two of the five people found dead inside the store were the two suspects, WNBC reported.

NJ.com reported that pipe bombs had been found inside the U-Haul truck the suspects had been driving.

The investigation was very preliminary and local officials were dealing with hundreds of frantic parents whose children were trapped in lockdown inside the perimeter of the enormous crime scene, WNBC reported.

Police officials have not yet released the name of the officer who was killed, but WNBC has reported that he was a member of the Jersey City Police Department who was married with five children.

The names of the suspects and details of the initial incident that occurred in the cemetery have not yet been released.

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Comments (36)
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Anomie88
Anomie88

Now, don't tell the American People that this attack and the other two shootings in Pearl Harbor and Florida aren't coordinated terrorist attacks specifically designated for the holiday season. Officers are being ambushed. My gut feeling says this is not the end of the attacks and I fear a culmination around Christmas. Hopefully not, but people need to be aware of their surroundings and say something. Another officer down. The lack of respect for law enforcement and the fabric of the American society is being instigated by politics. Evil people and governments use these fractures, created by hatred, pushed by the news media, to divide and conquer. We are Americans and this is our country and I'll be damned if I give up without a fight. What say you?

MoMoF4bOys
MoMoF4bOys

Just heartbreaking. What has happened to our society that has turned everyone’s hearts so hard? Shooter after shooter takes aim to try and take as many people with them as they can before they are stopped. There is something very broken in this world these days. Why is it some type of badge of honor so to speak for these monsters to murder police officers whom are just trying to do their job and protect the public? I don’t understand this world we live in anymore. Rest In Peace officer and the innocent civilians that were needlessly killed today! I hope the other 2 rot, I hope they never release your names so you never get notoriety for your heinous crime.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Officer down is Detective Joseph Seals, 39.

Blessed are the peacemakers. For they shall be called the Children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake. For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely.

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

Absolutely every assault on a First Responder, Law enforcement, Fire, EMS, that results in death or life threatening injury should be prosecuted in federal court. NO BAIL and absolutely no plea bargains allowed. Life without parole in solitary or close confinement so that they can't brag up their heinous crime to other convicts.

bryantrent
bryantrent

So sad

vwiles34
vwiles34

Our streets are turning into war zones.

SallyJ
SallyJ

Tennessee uses our Old Sparky. Not a pleasant way to go.

Raymelson
Raymelson

This is what 8 years of Obama an sorres has started an they should be held accountable for each murder that's happened I hate that S,O,B


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