FBI to investigate deadly New Jersey kosher grocery rampage as domestic terrorism


Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, a grandchild of Holocaust survivors, has called the attack a hate crime, even before the state attorney general said the investigation was leaning in that direction.

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, whose detective son Joseph was one of the law enforcement officers who helped take down the gunmen behind Tuesday's mass shooting in Jersey City, said the action was a demonstration of what men and women in law enforcement do every day.

"We do feel comfortable that it was a targeted attack on the Jewish kosher deli", Mayor Steven Fulop said.

Authorities also suspected that the two assailants may have been involved in a separate killing in neighboring Bayonne, New Jersey, according to New Jersey's attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal.

The ensuing manhunt, using Hudson County and Jersey City crime surveillance systems, is said to have tracked Anderson and Graham, showing them over a few days in various locations, including the Hudson Mall on Route 440.

Two of the victims have been identified by members of the Orthodox Jewish community as Mindel Ferencz, who with her husband owned the grocery, and 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn who happened to be shopping there on Tuesday.

Both suspects were dressed completely in black, as if prepared for a combat mission, officials said. "You know, they lost their hero father - they should want for nothing in coming years as they continue to grow up".

When officers arrived to the area of the kosher store, they were "immediately engaged by high-power rifle fire". He would not say whether Graham had a weapon.

"New York is a proud home to the Jewish community and we will continue to reject hateful acts whenever and wherever we see them", Cuomo said. Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, wrote.

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If an anti-Semitic motive is proven in Tuesday's killings, it will be the latest in a series attacks against Jewish targets in recent years, including the October 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg, where eleven worshipers were slain.

At a press conference called in response to the attack on Wednesday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an increased police presence at Jewish institutions across New York City over the coming days.

From his shop windows, Rodriguez watched as police with huge guns stood outside the door and a tanklike vehicle went down the street to force open the front of the shop that was under attack.

The alleged involvement of BHI in Tuesday's shooting caused a feeding frenzy on social media, as people who'd been on the receiving end of the group's verbal attacks rushed to express solidarity with the victims... Police declined to release the names or genders of the shooters.

Chabad Rabbi Moshe Schapiro said he spoke with the survivor at a hospital. Anderson and Graham remained in the store for the entirety of the incident.

In the deadliest attack on Jews in United States history, 11 people were killed in an October 2018 shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

In the deadliest attack on Jews in US history, 11 people were killed in an October 2018 shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The heartbreak was obvious Wednesday night as thousands of mostly men followed Ferencz' casket through the streets of Brooklyn hugging and crying.

Some local media reported the initial confrontation between the suspects and police near the Jersey City cemetery, about a mile (1.6 km) from the supermarket, was linked to a previous homicide investigation.