NEW YORK – At least one suspect involved in the shooting at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City on Tuesday afternoon had posted anti-Semitic content online, a law enforcement official familiar with the case told the New York Times.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop confirmed on Wednesday morning that the JC Kosher Supermarket, which was the scene of a shootout that killed six people, including one police officer and three bystanders, was the intended target of the gunmen.
“After extensive review of our CCTV system it has now become clear from the cameras that these two individuals targeted the Kosher grocery,’' he wrote on Twitter.
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
— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) December 11, 2019
Fulop added that although there are no indications of further threats, “due to an excess of caution the community may see additional police resources in the days/weeks ahead.”
The revelation comes despite earlier statements, including by Jersey City's public safety director James Shea that the incident did not appear to be a hate crime or motivated by terrorism.
Meanwhile, the victims were identified on Wednesday as Moshe Deutsch, 22, a customer at the Jewish grocery store; Leah Mindel Ferencz, 33, a co-owner of the store; and a delivery worker at the deli, whose name has yet to be published.
Breaking: Police have arrested a man in a car exiting the Holland tunnel, which connects Jersey City and New York City. It is unclear if this is related to the Jersey City Shooting. pic.twitter.com/lNJMAw4cUm
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) December 10, 2019
Speaking at a press conference with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rabbi David Niederman, who serves as the president and executive director of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, said Ferencz was “a lady full of love for others”, and that Moishe “studied and found time to help his peers from yeshiva and other kids.” According to Niederman, the two were former Williamsburg residents.