"That was their target and they meant to harm people inside it ..." "He walked toward the J.C. Kosher Supermarket, and immediately began shooting. Ms".
Neither the state attorney general, who is running the investigation, nor any other law enforcement authority has confirmed the shooters targeted Jews. -There is no confirmation on what the operation was that brought police to the area of the cemetery -All injured officers released from the hospital.
Authorities say the investigation into what started Tuesday's gunbattle in the city across the Hudson River from Manhattan could last weeks - or even months. The New York Times reported a "live" pipe bomb was discovered in the van the shooters used.
A piece of police tape is seen by Bay View Cemetery. They are also examining Anderson's prior association with the Black Hebrew Israelite group, according to the New York Times. Some sects within the movement are known for their fierce condemnations of white and Jewish people.
"We're going to notify the family, but he's one of our best police officers and it's a tough day for Jersey City Police Department", the mayor told reporters.
Inside the grocery store, police found the bodies of who they believed were the two gunmen and three other people who apparently happened to be there when the assailants rushed in, authorities said.
Anderson and Graham, who had just killed a Jersey City detective at a nearby cemetery, slaughtered three people inside the store and exchanged gunfire with an army of cops for hours before being fatally shot, officials have said.
The standoff prompted a massive law enforcement deployment with local SWAT teams and federal agents rushing to the scene, as well as emergency services from the neighboring New York City Police Department.
Fulop commended the city's police force, who held the suspects inside the store, obstructing any attempts to flee and harm others.
Mr Kelly said investigators also believe the suspects' van contained an "incendiary device" which was removed and taken away for examination by police disposal specialists.
At a later news conference, Fulop said the surveillance video shows the van moving slowly and then stopping in front of the store.
"Had they not responded and had they not been there in that location, more than likely more people would have died", he added.
But Fulop cautioned: "I didn't use the word 'anti-Semitic.' Anything else is open for investigation".
Fulop said that there were no signs of further threats, although earlier reports had said a third gunman may have escaped the scene, and said he had been in close contact with Jersey City's Jewish community following the attack.
"They want answers. They demand answers".
"We now know this did not begin with gunfire between police officers and the perpetrators, and then moved to the store".
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on MSNBC that the attack was "clearly a hate crime", while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pronounced it a "deliberate attack on the Jewish community".
In the deadliest attack on Jews in the USA, 11 people were killed and two congregants were wounded in an October 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. "The perpetrator stopped in front of there, calmly opened the door with two long rifles - him and the other perpetrator - and began firing from the street into the facility".
Next to the store, the only kosher supermarket in the area and a central fixture for the growing community, are a yeshiva and a synagogue.