VIDEO: Jersey City Sergeant Runs Into Gunfire To Pull Out Wounded Officer
Jersey City, NJ – Video has gone viral of a Jersey City police sergeant charging into the line of fire to help a wounded police officer who was pinned down behind a car (video below).
The footage is one of many dramatic clips from Tuesday’s violent rampage when two shooters opened fire on police and civilians from a kosher market with high-powered rifles in Jersey City, the Jersey City Patch reported.
The video, which was filmed by a witness from a window across the street, opened with a police officer on the ground who appeared to be writhing in pain and trying to get up.
“They shot the cop, yo. They shot the cop,” the man filming narrated.
Then the video showed Jersey City Police Sergeant Majorie Jordan rushing toward the wounded officer, and bending over to try to pull him up off the ground.
Sgt. Jordan helped him to his feet and held onto him as they ran away from the path of gunfire.
Another volley of gunfire could be heard as the sergeant and the wounded officer rounded a corner, running for their lives.
The man filming the video panned around then, trying to figure out exactly where the shots were coming from.
In the video, there is a white U-Haul van parked across the street with its driver’s door left open.
Seconds later, the video showed that several more police vehicles descended on the scene and blocked the street as rapid gunfire continued.
The New Jersey State Police Business Association (PBA) shared the video and a message praising the brave sergeant, according to the Jersey City Patch.
"So many brave heroes on Tuesday. Here are two of them,” the PBA tweeted. “A Jersey City officer confronts the killers and is immediately shot. Sgt. Majorie Jordan abandons her cover, runs into a hail of gunfire and gets him to his feet and to safety. Courage and bravery by so many."
Other police departments were quick to hail Sgt. Jordan a hero, too, the Jersey City Patch reported.
"Sergeant Jordan abandoned her position of cover and ran out into the open to the aid of her officer that was shot," the North Caldwell Police Department posted to their official Facebook page. "She got him to safety, all while taking on heavy gunfire. She is a true hero who risked her life for her officer. Thank you Sergeant Jordan for your heroism, you are a warrior. This is one of the amazing heroic stories to come out of yesterday's tragic events."
The gun battle between police and the shooters – 47-year-old David Anderson and 50-year-old Francine Graham – lasted for hours after the suspects pulled up in front of the JC Kosher Market in a rented U-Haul van and started blasting away.
The same U-Haul was linked to the murder of a driver in Bayonne on Saturday after the driver was found dead in a car trunk.
Investigators said that Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals encountered the U-Haul van in the Bayview Cemetery just after 12 noon on Dec. 10 and was ambushed by Anderson and Graham.
Det. Seals was fatally shot by the suspects before they fled the scene.
Surveillance video showed Anderson and Graham traveled to the kosher market, got out of the van with high-powered rifles, and opened fire on the JC Kosher Market before barricading themselves inside for an hours-long standoff with police.
Two officers were wounded during the gunfight, including the one who Sgt. Jordan helped escape.
The hours-long gun battle ended when Newark Police Department SWAT officers in an armored vehicle smashed through the front of the store, WNYW reported.
Police found five people dead inside the store, including Anderson and Graham.
Authorities said at a press conference on Wednesday that a pipe bomb and additional weapons had been found in the U-Haul truck.
WPIX reported that the pipe bomb had a long fuse on it that could have been lit.
Jewish community leaders have speculated that the shooters, who killed three innocent civilians inside the kosher market and wounded two other police officers after they murdered Det. Seals, had planned to kill many more people based on the pipe bomb and other evidence that had been gathered.
There is an orthodox Jewish Pre-K located next door to the JC Kosher Market and there were between 50 and 60 children trapped inside it when Anderson and Graham began their rampage, WPIX reported.
WPIX reported on Wednesday morning that a high-ranking investigator in New Jersey said that Anderson, had been a soldier in the U.S. Army in the early 1990s.
Court records showed that Anderson was arrested for weapons offenses tied to a domestic violence incident in Kent, Ohio in 2011.
But then later that year, he was arrested in New Jersey and ended up spending three years in the Hudson County jail on weapons charges, WPIX reported.
Anderson was released from the Hudson County jail in 2014.
WPIX reported that Anderson became involved with the Black Hebrew Israelites after he left the U.S. Army.
The Black Hebrew Israelites are a black supremacist hate group which believes that they are the descendants of a lost tribe of Israelites and that Jews are imposters.
Officials said the extent of Anderson’s involvement in the hate group was still unclear, but law enforcement sources told WPIX that Anderson had been linked to the Israelite Church of God in Jersey City.
The Israelite Church of God is located only two blocks from where Anderson and his partner, 50-year-old Francine Graham, opened fire on a Jewish storefront, WPIX reported.
Investigators have found anti-Semitic and anti-police postings on Anderson’s social media and were working to determine if those had actually been posted by the shooter, WNBC reported.
Although Graham’s involvement with the Black Hebrew Israelites has not yet been confirmed, officials have said they confirmed that she was the one who rented the U-Haul van that was used to transport the shooters to their target, WPIX reported.
Watch Sgt. Jordan’s heroic rescue of the officer in the video below: