A police officer has been shot and killed in Jersey City, along with three civilians, and at least two other officers hurt Tuesday — as multiple SWAT teams responded, according to a senior law enforcement official and local authorities, according to an NBC News report. Moments after its initial report, NBC quoted sources saying that two shooters were down, and the threat was neutralized.
The condition of four people inside a bodega in addition to two gunman was not immediately known.
But Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop later said “multiple people” were dead in the bodega.
As of 4:45 p.m., six people were presumed dead.
Three civilians in the bodega.
And the 39-year old police officer, a married father of five.
“The situation in Jersey City remains fluid and we are working closely with our local, county, state, and federal partners to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” said Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. “Please keep the officers of the Jersey City Police Department in your thoughts and prayers as they work to resolve the situation. We remain, as always, extraordinarily grateful for their service and their sacrifice.”
Police were trying to find a motive as of 2:45 p.m.
The leading theory at this time is that the situation is criminal in nature, according to NBC. Reporter Jonathan Dienst said police who arrived at the scene were involved in a murder investigation.
The police officer shot in the head was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, a trauma center, where he died.
At least two other officers were injured but their condition was not life threatening, according to NBC.
One of them had been shot in the shoulder.
“The shooting in Jersey City is alarming and I am continuing to monitor the situation,” said U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8). “I thank our brave first responders and police officers, some of whom have been injured in today’s events, for their courage in responding so swiftly to the situation.”
According to an Associated Press Report:
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting and was monitoring it.
Loud volleys of gunfire could be heard at regular intervals but subsided around 2 p.m. in the city, which is just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.
Video images show a line of police officers armed with weapons pointed in several directions walking down the sidewalk. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding.
Governor Phil Murphy issued the following statement:
“I have been briefed on the unfolding situation in Jersey City. 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.
“I have every confidence in our law enforcement professionals to ensure the safety of the community and resolve this situation. Today reminds us of their bravery and the sacrifices they, and their families, make for our communities.”
The governor and attorney general were en route to Washington, D.C. and turned around to return to New Jersey as they gained information about the shooting, NBC News reported.
“Jersey City suffered an unimaginable tragedy today,” said Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31). “We cannot forget, or ever take for granted, the incredible sacrifice some of our police officers unfortunately make to keep our communities safe. My heart goes out to the officer’s family, and to those of the civilians who tragically lost their lives. I’m praying for a full recovery for officers injured during the standoff, and for the safety of our all our first responders.”
Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31) added, “It’s heartbreaking to see a scenario like this unfold in my hometown of Jersey City. Our community will never forget the tremendous bravery of the officer who lost his life today and all of the law enforcement who responded to the scene. We pray for the families of all of victims of this horrible tragedy. I urge residents in the area to stay safe as police continue to investigate this matter. Thanks to quick response by police and our local schools, students in neighboring schools were put on lockdown and all are safe.”