Jersey City: Deadly gun battle kills six people #BreakingNews

Six people, including a police officer and three bystanders, were killed in a furious gun battle Tuesday that filled the streets of Jersey City with the sound of heavy fire for hours, authorities said.

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Six people, including a police officer and three bystanders, were killed in a furious gun battle
Six people, including a police officer and three bystanders, were killed in a furious gun battle

A police officer and at least five other people have died in a series of “furious” gun battles in Jersey City, in the state of New Jersey.

Two other police officers were also wounded during the incident, which culminated in a shootout after gunmen barricaded themselves in a shop.

Several local schools and businesses were also put on lockdown.

A motive for the incident has not yet been established. Authorities say they do not believe it was a terror attack.

Authorities identified the police officer who died as Joseph Seals, 39, who was part of a programme to confiscate illegal weaponry in New Jersey.

Speaking to reporters, Jersey City Police Chief Mike Kelly said Mr Seals was a “leading police officer in removing guns from the street”.

Mr Kelly said an exchange of gunfire first erupted at a local cemetery just after 12:00 local time (17:00 GMT).

The shooting then continued at a kosher supermarket about a mile away, where five more bodies were found
The shooting then continued at a kosher supermarket about a mile away, where five more bodies were found

It is believed that Mr Seals was killed while approaching the suspects.

The pair fled the scene in a truck and took shelter in a nearby kosher supermarket where they continued to fire at police.

Dozens of armed law enforcement officials, including Swat teams and federal agents, were deployed to the scene, and five people were killed in the shop – two are thought to be the suspected gunmen.

Police said the suspects were armed with “high powered rifles” and fired “hundreds of rounds of ammunition” during the gun battle.

Mr Kelly said it is believed that three people in the shop were killed by the suspects, but stressed that all information was “preliminary” and an investigation would take time.

At least one survivor from the business is being treated for injuries, and the van used by the suspects is being investigated by bomb disposal specialists.

A video shot by a witness shows a police officer on the ground by a car, apparently wounded. Another officer goes to him, helps him up and the two run around a corner as gunshots ring out. Seconds later, as a police cruiser pulls up in front of the store, about a dozen shots are heard in rapid succession.

Inside the grocery store, police found the bodies of who they were believed were the two gunmen and three other people who apparently happened to be there when the assailants rushed in, authorities said. Police said they were confident the bystanders were shot by the gunmen and not by police.

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