One of the two shooters who opened fire in Jersey City, killing a cop and three others inside a kosher deli in a "targeted" attack, had posted anti-Semitic and anti-police messages to social media before the assault, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. Investigators believe the attack was motivated by hatred for Jews and police.
Authorities also found a manifesto-style note and a pipe bomb inside the assailants' van.
The killers — one male and one female — have been identified. They will not be named by Disrn. The New York Post reports that the male was a one-time follower of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said Wednesday in a press conference that the shooters were captured on CCTV footage "slowly" pulling up to the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket before they stopped in front, "calmly opened the door with two long rifles" and "began firing from the street" into the store. Two officers on foot patrol nearly responded immediately and the assailants retreated into the deli where the hours-long firefight ensued.
A police officer and three others were killed, along with the suspects.
Mayor Fulop said that he has "put the NYPD on high alert focusing on our Jewish community and protecting our Jewish community."