In this image taken from video, Hudson County Swat team officers arrive at the scene following reports of gunfire December 10, 2019, in Jersey City, N.J.
SWAT teams are responding to the shooting, and 12 local schools have been locked down. It is believed that a third individual may also have been shot inside that store as well.
Nearby schools were placed on lock down until 4:15 p.m., according to New Jersey School District.
New Jersey Transit Police reported Hudson Bergen Light Rail was suspended in the area, along with all bus service on the West Side Branch.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren now under lockdown", New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said.
Reports of a shooting trickled out Tuesday morning, with initial reports indicating 2 different gunmen were barricaded in a bodega and firing out on the street with what's been described as a "long rife".
No one has been taken into custody.
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The Catholic parish, Sacred Heart, has closed, and no one answered at its associated school, which runs from preschool through eighth grade.
'I can hear the gunshots.
Local media reported that at least one police officer had been shot. It's like firecrackers going off.
"It was a tough day for the Jersey City Police Department", the mayor said.
The New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association also confirmed the news and asked for prayers. 'They were shooting like insane about an hour ago.
Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted that he has been briefed in the situation and that his "thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the rest of the residents and schoolchildren now under lockdown".
The White House tweeted that President Donald Trump has been briefed about the incident. "Then it stopped for like 20 or 30 minutes", he said.