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New Jersey: Massive Shootout – Multiple Police Officers Shot

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Published on: December 10, 2019

At least one police officer and five other people were killed in a New Jersey residential neighborhood as two people with at least one gun opened fire.

NBC 4 in New York reported that the shooting was an “ambush.”

As many as six people may be dead — including a police officer, two suspects and three civilians — during an “ambush” active shooter situation at a store in Jersey City Tuesday afternoon, officials and law enforcement sources said.

Law enforcement sources identified the dead officer as a 39-year-old married father of five.

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At least one wounded civilian, along with two wounded officers, are expected to survive, officials said.

According to three senior law enforcement officials, the shoot-out began as a homicide investigation. The deceased officer approached suspects in that investigation and was shot and killed. The suspects then fled into the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Drive, where the standoff started around 12:30 p.m.

A law enforcement source said the suspects were holed up in a bodega for hours, one of whom was armed with a long gun.

Four other people were thought to be inside the bodega, the senior official said, stressing the highly preliminary nature of the evolving investigation. There were at least three civilians killed inside the store as well, a law enforcement source tells NBC New York.

NJ.com added:

All roads in the area were closed and schools were placed on lockdown.

With the shooters firing at anyone they saw, police were forced to move slowly in trying to apprehend them.

At 12:51 p.m., police reported that a person appeared to be shot inside the store, near the front entrance.

A man was taken into custody at Bayview Cemetery by Jersey City police, but was later released.

Additionally, ABC7 reported:

The officer shot in the cemetery was taken to Jersey City Medical Center and is expected to survive. It is unclear at this point where and when the other officers were wounded, but two of them were treated after being struck with shrapnel.

The officer who died has not yet been identified.

ABC 7 added:

Heavy gunfire could be heard for over an hour in what appeared to be an intense gun battle with the suspect or suspects, but the gunshots subsided around 2 p.m.

Police started slowly moving towards the bodega and clearing innocent people off the street, and then more shots were fired.

There is at least one survivor from the business being treated and talking to police. That person told them there were as many as four other people inside at the time the shooting occurred.

Authorities also say this appears to have started as criminal activity and that there is no nexus to terrorism. Still, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting and was monitoring it.

President Trump tweeted, “Just received a briefing on the horrific shootout that took place in Jersey City, NJ. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims & their families during this very difficult & tragic time. We will continue to monitor the situation as we assist local & state officials on the ground.”

 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said. “I have every confidence in our law enforcement professionals to ensure the safety of the community and resolve this situation. Today reminds us of their bravery and the sacrifices they, and their families, make for our communities.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said. “I have every confidence in our law enforcement professionals to ensure the safety of the community and resolve this situation. Today reminds us of their bravery and the sacrifices they, and their families, make for our communities.”

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