By COLlive reporter
The location of today’s deadly shooting in Jersey City was “targeted,” sources said Tuesday evening.
Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop says in a tweet:
“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.”
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
CBS New York reported the two suspects in the shootings were killed, along with three civilians.
Their bodies were found in a kosher grocery store at Bayview Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Jersey City after an intense, hours-long shootout with police.
Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said police believe the three civilians killed in the grocery store were shot by the suspects.
New York City Mayor Bill Deblasio tweeted in response:
“This tragically confirms that a growing pattern of violent anti-Semitism has now turned into a crisis for our nation. And now this threat has reached the doorstep of New York City.
“Although there is no credible or specific threat directed against New York City, I have directed the NYPD to assume a state of high alert.
“Tonight, NYPD assets are being redeployed to protect key locations in the Jewish community. Tomorrow, we will announce additional measures.
“History teaches us how dangerous it is to ignore this kind of hateful pattern. We must stop anti-Semitism aggressively and decisively, and I call upon all New Yorkers to join in rooting out this threat.”
The Mayor of Jersey City has asserted that today’s incident was a deliberate attack targeting the Jewish community. https://t.co/LMnq8wTGVo
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) December 11, 2019
The NYPD 71st Precinct in the Crown Heights neighborhood released a statement following the news of the Kosher store being targeted.
“We are still monitoring the situation in New Jersey,” they said in a statement while stressing that they have “no known threats at this time anywhere in New York City.”
“Out of extreme precaution and to reassure the Jewish community of their safety, we are turning out extra patrols in the Jewish community,” a police source said.