Jersey City Mayor: Gunmen targeted kosher market
The mayor of Jersey City said Wednesday it's clear that the gunmen in a furious shooting that left six people dead targeted a Jewish market.
Mayor Steven Fulop refused to call it an anti-Semitic attack but said surveillance video shows the gunmen driving slowly through the city's streets, and then stopping outside a kosher grocery store where they calmly got out of their van and immediately opened fire.
Although, one shooter in New Jersey identified as David Anderson has been linked to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. Members of the group were thrust into the spotlight this year when they shouted vulgarities at high school students from Covington Catholic at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in January.
He and a partner allegedly opened fire at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City on Tuesday and authorities said they specifically targeted the store.
A police officer, three bystanders and two suspects all died in the violence Tuesday afternoon .
The shooting began near a cemetery, where Detective Joseph Seals, 40, who led the department in the number of illegal guns removed from the streets in recent years, was cut down by gunfire.
The gunmen then drove a stolen rental van to another part of the city and engaged police in a lengthy shootout from inside the kosher market, where the other bodies were later found.