Jersey City kosher grocery store victims identified – Mayor: Targeted attack against Jews
Three civilians and one police officer were murdered in a shooting attack at a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Tuesday afternoon.
Two attackers and three civilian victims were found dead inside the store at Bayview Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard after an intense, hours-long shootout with police.
An eyewitness confirmed that two of the civilians are members of the Chassidic community, Leah Mindel Ferencz, 33, of Jersey City, who owned the store with her husband, and Moshe Hirsch Deutsch, 24, of Brooklyn.
One Chassidic Jew was evacuated to an area hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and is recovering in good condition. He slipped out the back door of the store when the shooting began and was struck multiple times.
Officials initially said there was “no indication of terrorism,” but Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop stated on Twitter that “Based on our initial investigation (which is ongoing) we now believe the active shooters targeted the location they attacked.”
Mayor Fulop did not say whether the attack was connected to antisemitism or terrorism and sources close to the investigation dismiss the assertion.
The incident began in a cemetery, where an undercover police officer—Detective Joseph Seals, a married father of five and fifteen-year police veteran—was shot and later declared dead. Two gunmen then ran into the grocery, spraying bullets at random, and after a multi-hour standoff were killed by the police in the store.