[Ed. – This is a strange incident about which we apparently aren’t being told everything. It reportedly started in a cemetery, where police approached the shooters, who then opened fire on them and fled in a U-Haul vehicle (according to tweets from local sources listening to the police scanner). The vehicle was driven to the kosher market, and the two shooters reportedly arrived in it and entered the market, whereupon they opened fire again, engaged police, and were finally killed themselves. In other words, the shooters didn’t just find the market a handy place to try to evade police. They weren’t on foot. Within a very short time of the initial engagement, the FBI became involved, according to updates on Twitter made by local media. Sounds like there was already federal involvement in whatever was going on.]
The two suspects were also killed, along with three civilians. Their bodies were found in a kosher grocery store at Bayview Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard 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.
It began at roughly 12:30 p.m. at the Bay View cemetery at Garfield Avenue. The suspects were spotted at the cemetery in a stolen rental van. Kelly said he believes Det. Joseph Seals – who was part of the unit responsible for removing guns from the street – was attempting to interdict weapons in the van when he approached the suspects, and they opened fire.
Det. Seals was hit. He was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive.
The suspects then drove about a mile to the grocery store in the middle of a residential neighborhood, where more shots were fired.