Jersey City Shooting: What We Know About The Victims

By WCBS Newsradio 880

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A mother of three, an avid volunteer and an Ecuadorian immigrant are among the victims killed during a massive shootout in Jersey City Tuesday afternoon.

While the attack is not being classified as a hate crime or an act of terror, Mayor Steven Fulop was quick to denounce the killings as anti-Semitic.

“To stop hate and anti-Semitism we need to call it out quickly for what it is,” Fulop said on Twitter. “Some will say don’t call it anti-Semitism or a hate crime [until> a longer review, but being Jewish myself and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, I know enough to call it what this is.”

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is advising officials do not classify the incident in that way, but one day after one of the worst shootings in Jersey City’s history, the authorities are still struggling to piece together a motive.

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Meanwhile, the Jewish community in the area continues to mourn the loss of two members and search for answers as to why a kosher supermarket was the target of such a violent attack.

Here is what we know about the victims:

Detective Joseph Seals

Joseph Seals, a 13-year veteran of the Jersey City Police Department, was gunned down by the suspects after confronting them in a cemetery before they drove a mile to the kosher market, where they killed three civilians and injured a fourth who was able to escape. The 40-year-old detective was a husband and father of five.

Police Chief Michael Kelly said he was responsible for taking more guns off the streets than almost any other officer on the force.

 Mayor Fulop said the department lost one of their best.

"Officers in other precincts knew who he was because he was a good cop," Fulop said.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will pay off the mortgage on Seals' home.

A GoFundMe page has also been created to help the detective's family.