The Jersey City gunmen targeted the kosher market that was the scene of the deadly standoff early Tuesday afternoon that ended with six people, including a police officer, dead, Mayor Steven Fulop said Tuesday night.
"Last night after extensive review of our CCTV system it has now become clear from the cameras that these two individuals targeted the Kosher grocery location on MLK Dr," Fulop tweeted.
The two gunmen, a man and woman, were shot and killed while inside the kosher supermarket along with three bystanders, officials say.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams tweeted "I’ve just learned that two of the victims in today’s #JerseyCity tragedy were natives of Brooklyn, one of them a current Williamsburg resident. This news further sharpens the pain of this #massshooting for our Jewish community. We mourn together. May their memories be a blessing."
"The #HCPO is confirming that one police officer has been fatally shot today in #JerseyCity. Two add'l officers & one civilian have also been struck by gunfire but they are stable. Avoid the entire area surrounding MLK Blvd & Bayview Ave.," tweeted the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
Around 2:30 p.m., sources told 1010 WINS two suspects were down.
FBI spokeswoman Patty Hartman said that more than one officer has been shot but could not give any other information. WNBC reported that 3 officers had been injured, one of them seriously.
"@ATF_Newark Agents responding to reports of an active shooter in Jersey City, NJ," read an initial tweet.
The two suspects reportedly opened fire around a convenience store, which kicked off the gunfire.
WNBC reported that officers were attempting to speak with the suspects about a homicide, and the situation escalated to the shootout.
It took place on Martin Luther King Drive and Bayview Avenue.
Sporadic, heavy gunfire rang out over the course of at least an hour along a major thoroughfare. SWAT teams, state police and federal agents responded to the scene, and police blocked off the area, which has a Catholic school, some stores, a kosher supermarket and a hair stylist.
WNBC reported that the incident was not terror-related, nor a hate crime, but was being investigated as criminal act.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting and was monitoring it.
1010 WINS spoke with Daniel, a worker at Esperanza Restaurant, who said he saw armed officers walking past his restaurant and the shooting occurred two blocks away.
Bayonne Board of Education tweeted, "Bayonne schools are in a shelter in place as a precaution due to police activity and investigation in Jersey city. Safety for our children and staff is our number one priority."