Gunmen In New Jersey Targeted Jewish Supermarket, Says Mayor

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Two gunmen targeted a Jewish supermarket in New Jersey Tuesday, according to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

A police officer, three bystanders and the two gunmen died after an hours-long shootout broke out in Jersey City Tuesday. The gun fight broke out at a cemetery and continued at a kosher supermarket about a mile away, The Associated Press reported. (RELATED: Two Dead, Four Wounded In California School Shooting:Report)

“Last night after extensive review of our [closed-circuit television] CCTV system it has now become clear from the cameras that these two individuals targeted the Kosher grocery location,” Fulop, a Democrat, tweeted Wednesday morning. This came after Fulop noted Tuesday evening that the gunmen likely targeted the location.

It is unclear if the attack was terrorism-related or why officials believe the supermarket was targeted.

“I’m Jewish and proud to live in a community like #JerseyCity that has always welcomed everyone,” Fulop tweeted Wednesday. “It is the home of #EllisIsland and has always been the golden door to America. Hate and anti-semitism have never had a place here in JC and will never have a place in our city.”

The suspects were in a U-Haul that may have been involved in a separate murder over the weekend, according to a law enforcement official, The New York Times reported.

“Our officers were under fire for hours,” Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said.

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