Shooting in Jersey City leaves multiple people dead, including police officer

Shooting in Jersey City leaves multiple people dead, including police officer

Multiple people were killed, including a police officer, in a shooting in Jersey City, N.J., on Tuesday, local officials confirmed on Tuesday. 

Media reports earlier in the day, including from The New York Times, had reported a shooting at a kosher market in the city that involved heavy gunfight between the shooters and the police.

Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said that five people in the store were declared dead, including potentially two shooters, based on preliminary information.

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"We believe two of them are bad guys," he said during a press conference. "We believe three of them are not and may be civilians that were inside the store."

The deceased police officer identified as Joe Seals was found at another location, he said.

The Hudson County prosecutor’s office had earlier confirmed the officer's death in a tweet, while noting two officers and a bystander were wounded but were in stable condition.

"Just received a briefing on the horrific shootout that took place in Jersey City, NJ. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims & their families during this very difficult & tragic time," President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.

"We will continue to monitor the situation as we assist local & state officials on the ground."

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Hudson County officials described the attack as an “ambush” to local NBC affiliate News 4. New York’s CBS station reported that police are looking for a male shooter and a female shooter.

CNN reported at least one of the shooters was "neutralized" inside the bodega.

The shooting led officials to lock down schools in Jersey City, according to a tweet from the school district, which noted all students and staff are safe. 

Law enforcement agencies including the county’s SWAT team, the New Jersey Transit Police, the New York Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the attack, according to the media reports. 

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement that he has been briefed on the shooting and his thoughts and prayers are "with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently on lockdown."

"I have every confidence in our law enforcement professionals to ensure the safety of the community and resolve this situation," he said in a statement on Twitter. "Today reminds us of their bravery and the sacrifices they, and their families, make for our communities." 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-N.J.) said he is also monitoring developments.

"Thankful to the law enforcement officers who reacted quickly and bravely, and my thoughts are with all of the first responders still on the scene working to keep area residents safe," Booker said in a tweet. 

Updated at 5:55 p.m.