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US Jersey City Shooting: Investigators are checking killers' ties to a previous killing and anti-Semitic writings

18:47  12 december  2019
18:47  12 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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  Jersey City Shooting: Suspect Published Anti-Semitic Posts, Official Says A suspect involved in a prolonged firefight in Jersey City, N.J., that left six people dead, including one police officer, had published anti-Semitic and anti-police posts online and investigators believe the attack was motivated by those sentiments, a law enforcement official familiar with the case said on Wednesday. Investigators also found a manifesto-style note inside the attackers’ van, the law enforcement official and another official familiar with the case said.The document, which was described as brief and “rambling,” suggested no clear motive for the shooting. Investigators also found a live pipe bomb inside the vehicle, the law enforcement official said.

The suspect wrote anti - Semitic and anti -police posts, an official said. Investigators are examining links to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. The Jersey City police officer who was killed was identified on Tuesday as Detective Joe Seals, a 15-year law enforcement veteran and a father of five.

On December 10, 2019, a mass shooting occurred at a kosher grocery store located in the Greenville section of Jersey City , New Jersey , in which five people

a group of men riding on the back of a truck: Police officers arrive at the scene following reports of gunfire, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Jersey City, N.J.  AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)© Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP Police officers arrive at the scene following reports of gunfire, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Jersey City, N.J. AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The shooters in this week's deadly kosher market attack in New Jersey were suspects in a previous, weekend slaying and were driving a vehicle containing anti-Semitic and anti-police writings, sources say.

And one of the attackers appears to have a connection to the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, The New York Times reported. Those are just some of the emerging details about the suspects as investigators try to determine their motive.

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“I used the term ‘ anti - Semitism ,’ and … The Anti -Defamation League said this fall that the United States was on pace for a record number of anti - Semitic Police say the attackers began Tuesday’s killings at a local cemetery, fatally shooting veteran Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals — a father

The Jersey City mayor, Steven Fulop, said Mr. Anderson had published anti - Semitic tracts online, including on Facebook. Bystanders scattered frantically. The shooting continued as they invaded the market, with images showing dozens of bullet holes in the cash register and the shelves.

David N. Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50, killed a police detective near a Jersey City cemetery and then attacked a Jewish market a mile away Tuesday, kicking off an hourslong police standoff that left them and three other people in the market dead, authorities said.

But the pair also were prime suspects in the recent killing of a man near the neighboring New Jersey city of Bayonne, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Wednesday. That man died Saturday, local media outlets, including NJ.com, reported.

Authorities haven't said what, if anything, links the weekend killing to Tuesday's shootings, other than investigators believe Anderson and Graham were behind them all.

While the mayors of Jersey City and neighboring New York City have called Tuesday's attack deliberately anti-Semitic, Grewal has stressed that investigators can't yet say why Anderson and Graham chose the kosher market, or even what led them to kill the detective.

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Earlier in the day, they killed a police officer. Investigators said they have not identified a motive, and Jersey City The events began Tuesday afternoon outside a cemetery when a detective attempted to approach two people in a rental van that was reported stolen and connected to a homicide committed

Mr. Anderson had expressed anti - Semitic and anti -police views online, and investigators said they Detective Seals, a 15-year law enforcement veteran and father of five, had recently been assigned to a task force focused on reducing gun violence in Jersey City , according to the city ’s Police Department.

The attack led to chaotic scenes over several hours in the city across the Hudson River from Manhattan, with heavily armed officers taking over city streets, pulling up in armored personnel vehicles amid the sounds of sirens and gunshots.

Killed Tuesday were Jersey City police Detective Joseph Seals and three people in the market: Mindy Ferencz, 31, the store's co-owner; Moshe Deutsch, 24, a customer; and Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, 49, a store employee, Grewal said.

Tracking the shooters from a cemetery to the market

Before Anderson and Graham made their way to the kosher market, they are believed to have killed Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals near a city cemetery, authorities said.

Police have said Seals was trying to stop Anderson and Graham -- but they haven't said why he tried, or why Anderson and Graham killed him.

A bystander called 911 to report Seals' body at the cemetery at 12:38 p.m., authorities said.

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New Jersey , where the Jersey City shooting took place, had 2018’s third-highest number of anti - Semitic incidents, with 200 counted. Tangent: President Trump is expected to sign on Wednesday an executive order that would interpret Judaism as a nationality as opposed to a religion.

JERSEY CITY — Sam Gold drove his grey Kia Optima into a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in The suspects "started shooting on the street and ran right into the kosher supermarket in the Jewish Gold said he told investigators that from his vantage point it was obvious the store was targeted.

By that time, Anderson and Graham already were attacking the market.

Surveillance video shows Anderson parking a stolen U-Haul across the street from the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket, about a mile from the cemetery, city officials say.

The pair get out, and a man -- Anderson, police say -- walks directly toward the store, apparently ignoring several people on the sidewalk nearby, and starts firing a gun into it before entering. Graham follows, police said.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has cited this video -- appearing to show Anderson ignoring pedestrians and other businesses -- as evidence that he attacked the kosher store for specific reasons.

"My sentiment is that it should be viewed as a hate crime " Fulop said Wednesday afternoon. "There's no question it was an attack on the Jewish community."

One person who was inside the market was shot when Anderson and Graham opened fire, but fled the store and survived, officials said.

Police arrived at the supermarket around 20 minutes after the attack began, starting a long shootout that left two police officers injured.

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Ferencz was killed Tuesday in the shooting inside a Jersey City , N.J., food market. Thousands of mourners took to the streets of Brooklyn and Jersey City late Wednesday for the funerals And fears that the deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti - Semitic attack mounted on

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Around 3:25 p.m., a police armored vehicle broke into the supermarket's entryway, and law enforcement soon found the bodies of the three victims and two attackers inside the store, Grewal said.

Investigators checking shooter's connection to Black Hebrew Israelites and anti-Semitic notes

A law enforcement official told the New York Times Wednesday that Anderson appears to have a connection with the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, but the extent is unclear.

The Black Hebrew Israelite movement is best known for its confrontational brand of street preaching in urban areas but it has a complex history in the United States, with sects and branches splintering over theological and leadership disputes. Scholars say what unites most Black Israelites is the belief that African-Americans are the true descendants of biblical Jews.

Some members have expressed anti-Semitic sentiments in the past.

Authorities also are checking a note found in the stolen U-Haul truck -- one that contained both anti-Semitic and anti-police writing, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Posts with similar sentiments also have been found on social media linked to the shooters, the source said. Law enforcement officers found a pipe bomb in the back of the U-Haul, Newark FBI Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie said.

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JERSEY CITY , N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti - Semitic attack mounted on Wednesday as authorities recounted how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a stolen rental van with at least one rifle and got out firing.

"It's down at the FBI laboratory right now. It was a viable device, meaning it could be a device that would have exploded," Ehrie told reporters Wednesday.

Anderson served in the US Army Reserve from September 1999 to September 2003, the Army said, as a fuel and electrical system repairer.

Funerals guarded by police and volunteers

Two of the four victims were laid to rest Wednesday night.

In Jersey City, crowds of men in black hats surrounded Ferencz's casket in the Jersey City neighborhood of Greenville at the site of a synagogue under construction. Hundreds of women, separated from the men as per Orthodox Jewish tradition, were standing in the bitter cold sobbing.

Ferencz owned the store with her husband, who was next door at the small synagogue at the time of the attack, according to Yossi Steinmetz who was there as well.

When shots broke out, her husband desperately tried to call her and tell her to lock the doors to take cover, Steinmetz said. She didn't answer.

At Deutsch's Brooklyn funeral, mourners spoke in Hebrew through tears as at least a dozen NYPD counterterrorism officers and nearly 100 "Shomrim" members -- Hebrew for guardians -- stood watch.

Deutsch and Ferencz both had ties to the Jewish community in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

"This is just an atrocity. Of course, we accept everything but this is more than we can handle," Deutsch's cousin, also named Moshe Deutsch, told CNN. "The question is, is it a sign of hatred? Is it a sign that we are not safe in New York anymore?"

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an anti - Semitic attack mounted as authorities recounted how a man and woman deliberately pulled up in a stolen rental van and got out shooting . a movement whose members have been known to rail against whites and Jews, according to a law enforcement official who was briefed on the matter but

After killing Seals, the two suspects took a stolen U-Haul van and drove to JC Kosher Supermarket. 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.

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