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Shooting near kosher market in New Jersey leaves multiple dead, wounded

Posted on 10 December 2019 by Sharon Wisch-Ray

The emergency scene near a kosher market in Jersey City, N.J., after it is shot at on Dec. 10, 2019. Source: Screenshot.

(JNS) Several people, including one police officer, were killed on Tuesday afternoon near the JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City, N.J.

Two suspects, three citizens and one officer were killed. Others were injured and taken to a local hospital.

According to Chabad.org, the store is located next to a small synagogue and school, said Rabbi Shmuel Levitin, who directs Chabad Young Professionals of Hoboken and Jersey City with his wife, Esta, and frequents the market.

The store owner had left moments before the shooting began to pray the afternoon Mincha service at the synagogue and was unable to return, said Rabbi Moshe Schapiro, co-director of Chabad of Hoboken and Jersey City, who has been in touch with him.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it is responding to the situation. Nearby schools, including a Catholic one, are on lockdown. Residents and businesses have been taking cover, reported The New York Times.

Several shots fired pic.twitter.com/FyknpxCqwG

— Keldy Ortiz (@KeldyOrtiz) December 10, 2019

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown,” said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. “I have every confidence in our law-enforcement professionals to ensure the safety of the community and resolve this situation.”

“Just seeing the news out of Jersey City—please avoid Martin Luther King Drive until further notice. Thank you to the first responders who arrived on the scene,” tweeted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).

Just seeing the news out of Jersey City—please avoid Martin Luther King Drive until further notice.

Thank you to the first responders who arrived on the scene. https://t.co/iWLODLyA2M

— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) December 10, 2019

“Closely monitoring the active shooter situation in Jersey City. For folks in the area, please continue to avoid Martin Luther King Drive for now—it’s not safe. Grateful for the first responders who quickly arrived on the scene, and praying for the officers shot in the standoff,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Closely monitoring the active shooter situation in Jersey City. For folks in the area, please continue to avoid Martin Luther King Drive for now—it’s not safe.

Grateful for the first responders who quickly arrived on the scene, and praying for the officers shot in the standoff. https://t.co/vEaI5fYP7Z

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) December 10, 2019

At least one U.S. politician wasted no time connecting the unfolding situation to the calls for gun control.

“Terrible news in Jersey City today as two gunman shot and injured one police officer near Martin Luther King Drive. Gun violence is my top priority! We’ve already passed bills and I am pushing my gun buyback bill to get these guns off the street,” tweeted Rep. Donald Payne Jr., whose district includes Jersey City.

Terrible news in Jersey City today as two gunman shot and injured one police officer near Martin Luther King Drive.

Gun violence is my top priority! We’ve already passed bills and I am pushing my gun buyback bill to get these guns off the street.https://t.co/qtqLjgxyiY

— Rep. Donald Payne Jr (@RepDonaldPayne) December 10, 2019

The White House said that U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed about the situation.

Arthur Stark, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations expressed solidarity “for the Jewish community and all the residents of Jersey City, where it appears members of the community were wounded by gunfire, as were members of the police force responding to gunfire from active shooters. We do not know at this point if the kosher supermarket from which they were firing was an intended target. We pray for the safety of all those involved.”

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