A police officer and three civilians are dead after a shooting in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Tuesday afternoon prompted a massive police response.
After taking over a store in an hours-long standoff, two gunmen were also found dead, CBS New York reported.
Jersey City Police Chief Mike Kelly identified the slain police officer as Detective Joseph Seals, The Associated Press reported. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop described the detective as “one of the best officers for getting the most guns off the streets. He was a good cop.”
Two officers were also wounded in the exchange of gunfire, authorities told Fox 6 Now. They were later released from the hospital.
About a dozen schools in the area were placed on lockdown during the shooting. The lockdown was lifted at 4:15 p.m.
It’s unclear what sparked the shooting, which one law enforcement source described to NBC New York as an “ambush.” A city official said there was nothing to indicate that the shooting was terror-related. The investigation is ongoing.
The White House said President Donald Trump has been briefed, and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy released a statement, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department.”
New Jersey police said a number of local, state, and federal agencies were assisting with their response and investigation.
From a cemetery to a grocery store
The shooting started at Bayview Cemetery, where a police officer was shot in the shoulder, according to WABC. Up to two suspects then fled the scene and holed up in a Jewish grocery about a mile away at 223 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Gunfire could be heard from around 12:30 to 2 p.m., at which point CNN and WABC reported that one or both of the shooters had been “neutralized” and that a robot was being sent into the building.