Authorities in Jersey City are investigating a Tuesday mass shooting that left six people dead as domestic terrorism and a hate crime “fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs,” the state attorney general said.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and federal authorities confirmed Thursday that video evidence shows the two assailants slowly drove a U-Haul truck down the street and appeared to stop specifically in front of the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket. They were then captured on video “aiming their fire” at Jews and members of law enforcement during a three-hour shootout, Grewal said at a news conference in Jersey City.
Grewal also confirmed earlier reports that the assailants had expressed interest in a radical group and “held views that reflected hatred of the Jewish people, as well as the hatred of law enforcement.” He said officials were working to authenticate social media accounts that appear to have belonged to the shooters and to determine how they may have been linked to the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, but he said officials believed the pair were acting on their own.
In addition, authorities confirmed the assailants used semiautomatic weapons, including an AR-15, and said hundreds of shell casings were found in and around the the supermarket. Grewal said it remains unclear why the shooters targeted the store.
The news conference came a day after thousands of mourners gathered at funerals in Brooklyn and Jersey City for two of the victims who practiced Orthodox Judaism. In accordance with Jewish tradition, burials typically take place as soon as possible after death.