Jewish grocery was gunmen’s target for lethal attack, says mayor

  
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Jewish grocery was gunmen’s target for lethal attack, says mayor

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Jewish grocery was gunmen’s target for lethal attack, says mayor

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© Provided by Free Malaysia Today  Law enforcement secure the scene of a shooting in Jersey City after a furious 4-hour gun battle. (AP pic)

JERSEY CITY: Police in the New York metropolitan area were put on high alert to protect Jewish neighbourhoods after an hours-long gunbattle with two men around a Jersey City kosher market that killed six people, authorities said.

The police shoot-out with two men armed with high-powered rifles erupted after midday on Tuesday in Jersey City, New Jersey’s second-largest municipality directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

The six dead included three civilians, one police officer and both gunmen, authorities said.

Jersey City police said initially that the gunmen’s motive was not known.

But Mayor Steven Fulop said on Tuesday night that two gunmen had deliberately targeted the Jewish JC Kosher Supermarket where the four-hour gunbattle played out.

“Based on our initial investigation (which is ongoing) we now believe the active shooters targeted the location they attacked,” Fulop said in a tweet.

“Due to an excess of caution the community may see additional police resources in the days/weeks ahead,” Fulop wrote.

“We have no indication there are any further threat(s).”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that while there was no known specific threat to the city, he had placed city police on high alert, in particular to protect Jewish residents.

“Tonight NYPD assets are being deployed to protect key locations in the Jewish community. Tomorrow we will announce additional measures,” he said.

“This tragically confirms that a growing pattern of violent anti-Semitism has now turned into a crisis for our nation. And now this threat has reached the doorstep of New York City.”

Police had said earlier on Tuesday they believed the kosher grocery was randomly singled out by the gunmen.

Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters there was no immediate evidence the bloodshed was a hate crime or terrorism-related, “but that’s certainly on the table”.

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

The dead police officer was shot at the cemetery shortly before the shootout around the grocery began.

A police bomb squad was also investigating a possible explosive found in the stolen U-Haul vehicle the gunmen drove.

The identities of the two gunmen were not immediately released.

US President Donald Trump said on Twitter: “Just received a briefing on the horrific shootout that took place in Jersey City, NJ. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims & their families during this very difficult & tragic time.”

Last year, a 47-year-old Pennsylvania man, Robert Bowers, was arrested and accused of bursting into a Pittsburgh synagogue with a semi-automatic rifle and shooting 11 people to death.

The October 2018 massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue was the deadliest attack ever on Jewish Americans in the United States.

Bowers now faces the death penalty on multiple murder charges.

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Buzz of the Orient
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

Another day, another shooting, another 6 people dead.  So what else is new?

 
 
 
r.t..b...
1.1  r.t..b...  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    one month ago
So what else is new?

Certainly not the forthcoming responses from those that propose the best solution is to fight to the death (a rather sad analogy) any legislation constricting access to weapons built to kill, thinking that if we were all strapped the problem would somehow go away. Only in America.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
1.1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  r.t..b... @1.1    one month ago

All we need is a few more common sense gun laws and that would keep criminals

and the criminally insane from obtaining guns

 
 
 
r.t..b...
1.1.2  r.t..b...  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1.1    one month ago
All we need is a few more common sense gun laws and that would keep criminals and the criminally insane from obtaining guns

Agreed. Convicted of a felony crime involving violence against a fellow citizen, no gun. Evidence of a mental issue that raises a red flag and a judge agrees, no gun. Common sense. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1.1    one month ago

Too late, Greg.  There are so many guns already in the hands of Americans, some of whom have virtual arsenals, that no matter what restrictive laws you pass the criminals will still be able to get guns.  What they did in Australia and New Zealand will never work in America because I can't imagine people giving up their guns when it's so obvious that self-defence is now such a necessity.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.3    one month ago

One of the reasons that it works in Australia and NZ because the politicians there are not in the deep pockets of the NRA.

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1.5  MUVA  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.1.4    one month ago

The people fund the NRA we have 3 members in my household my father in law pays for my wife and two sons he also takes them shooting.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1.6  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  MUVA @1.1.5    one month ago

I can remember when their focus was on advocating safe and responsible shooting.  Now their focus is on lining their own pockets and owning politicians.  I am glad you and your family are responsible gun owners/shooters.  Too damn many these days are not.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    one month ago

The identities of the two gunmen were not immediately released.

How convenient and politically correct!  Anything related to Trump or the right wing would be "breaking news"

No need to worry about gun violence in China...only the police and military have guns.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    one month ago

Yes, Greg, the people here don't panic and run and hide when they hear a motorcycle backfire. What a way to have to live when people are terrified when a vehicle backfire occurs.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    one month ago
"The identities of the two gunmen were not immediately released."

Later news indicated it had nothing whatsoever to due with Trump or his policies.  It was a religious fanatic and his female companion, and it was as the mayor indicated an act of terrorism and antisemitism - and such acts have happened no matter WHO was POTUS.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
1.2.3  Sean Treacy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.2.1    one month ago
way to have to live when people are terrified when a vehicle backfire occurs.

No, but you have to be terrified every time you read a book or criticize the government.

. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-china-library-officials-burn-books-that-diverge-from-communist-party-ideology/2019/12/09/5563ee46-1a43-11ea-977a-15a6710ed6da_story.html

Book Burning! How 30s Germany of China.

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
1.2.4  Dean Moriarty  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2.3    one month ago

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Buzz of the Orient
1.2.5  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.2.3    one month ago

Book burnings?  Not anywhere I have lived here.  Frankly the USA is so freaked out about the fact that China just might down the road become the number one country in the world I tend to discount most of the negative bullshit propaganda, but I can certainly understand it certainly contributes to the more recent American hate-China-fest.  Believe it or not, Sean, the people here have NO COMPLAINT about how things are going here. In any event, any more negative comments about China ARE, and WILL BE FLAGGED as OFF TOPIC.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2.6  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    one month ago

They were Black Nationalists.

 
 
 
Kavika
2  Kavika     one month ago

Just another day in America.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday at a press conference that the attack was both a “premeditated violent antisemitic hate crime" and an “act of terror.”

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago
"The mayor pointed to the Holocaust, saying that if the German people had stood up against the Nazi Party's hate in the 1930's, six million Jews and millions of others would have still been alive. "The words of hate and the small acts of hate turn into a much greater danger that will threaten us all and it has to end here and now," said de Blasio."     (Jerusalem Post report)

That is the very reason why I believe and have said that Jews who do not support Israel are fools, similar to the Jews in Germany in the 1930s who thought themselves not endangered.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
5  Sean Treacy    one month ago

Doesn't fit the identity politics narrative, so it will get short shrift from the national media.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago
"Hours after a Jewish-owned grocery store in Jersey City was attacked, an Americans Against Antisemitism representative went to the scene and recorded local residents gathered outside to blame Jews for their own deaths.

Former NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind responded to the incident, saying “While the Jewish blood of terror victims was still warm, local residents gathered outside not to show support, not to offer help, but to condemn Jews, blame Jews for their own deaths, and cheer it on.

“The big story here is that not only was there a horrible terror attack motivated by antisemitism that occurred, but it happened in a context in which wishing death on Jews seems totally normal,” said Hikind."

(From an Arutz Sheva - Israel National News report)

Seems to me that the only places where Jews are actually safer than in the rest of the world are Israel, notwithstanding the constant terrorism being rained on them there, and China, where there is no antisemitism and Jews are actually admired and respected.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Jasper2529 @7    one month ago

The people who were stupid enough to vote for her deserve her and her ignorance.  If anyone has a loyalty elsewhere than America, it is the person who donned a Palestinian flag to celebrate her election.

 
 
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