New Jersey kosher grocery shooter posted anti-Semitic, anti-police posts before murdering Jews and a cop
One of the black supremacist shooters in the New Jersey kosher grocery shooting attack posted anti-Semitic posts and hostile content against police on social media, before murdering three Jewish civilians and a cop.
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.”
Wednesday morning, Fulop noted that a preliminary investigation revealed that the shooters had pre-selected the kosher store as a destination.
Two Jew-hating shooters 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.
The attackers, identified as David Anderson and Francine Graham, left “religious writing”. Graham was once affiliated with the black supremacist, Jew-hating “Black Hebrew Israelites”.
Two of the victims have been identified as 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.
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 eliminated by the police in the store.
“Last night after extensive review of our CCTV system it has now become clear from the cameras that these two individuals targeted the Kosher grocery location on MLK Dr – the 2 JCPD officers that were on a foot post one block away immediately responded/engaged and prevented the perpetrators from leaving that location and harming any further civilians,” tweeted Fulop on Wednesday.
“At this time we have no credible further threats from this incident but out of an abundance of caution we will be increasing our police presence in the community,” Fulop added.