****************** (ImageThe aftermath of a gunfight at a kosher market in Jersey City, NJBryan Anselm for The New York Times (**********************************
An assailant involved in a prolonged firefight in Jersey City, NJ, That left six people dead, including one police officer, had published anti-Semitic and anti-police posts online and investigators believe the attack was motivated by those sentiments, a law enforcement official familiar with the case said on Wednesday.
Investigators also found a manifesto-style note inside the assailants’ van, the law enforcement official and another official familiar with the case said.
The document, which was described as brief and “rambling,” suggested no clear motive for the shooting. Investigators also found a live pipe bomb inside the vehicle, the law enforcement official said.
The law enforcement official could not provide more details about the suspect’s online posts or where they had been published. He said that investigators were still reviewing that information.
So far, the authorities have not identified the attackers, who were killed in the firefight. . None of the three victims inside the store have been publicly identified by officials. The Jersey City police officer who was killed was identified on Tuesday as Detective Joe Seals, a -year law enforcement veteran and a father of five.
Surveillance footage shows the market was targeted.
Jersey City’s mayor, Steven Fulop, said that surveillance footage indicated the two attackers had (targeted a kosher supermarket) where most of the carnage unfolded.
Fulop said on Wednesday that the footage revealed that after the assailants shot Detective Seals in an earlier encounter, they drove slowly and deliberately to the market, located roughly a mile away.
“The perpetrators stopped in front of there and calmly opened the door with two long rifles,” he said.
. Fulop has not said whether the violence was related to anti-Semitism, though in a related post on Twitter, he said that “hate and anti-Semitism have never had a place” in Jersey City.
Jersey City’s public safety director, James Shea, said the attackers’ motives were still being investigated.
Initially, investigators said they believed that the attackers randomly chose the market and that the episode was not a hate crime; Mr. Shea added on Tuesday that there was “no indication” of terrorism.
By Tuesday night, however, Fulop, said on Twitterthat officials had come to believe that the assailants had “targeted the location they attacked.”
Before the gun battle, there was a shooting at a cemetery.Detective Seals approached the two assailants, a man and a woman, who were inside a U-Haul van at a cemetery near the kosher market because the van had been linked to a homicide over the weekend, according to the law enforcement official. The official did not have any more details on the homicide.
Video surveillance footage shows the assailants shooting the detective and then driving away and ending up in front of the kosher market where they park and enter the store guns firing, the official said.
For much of at least the next hour, residents nearby – and blocks away – could hear rapid bursts of gunfire coming from the area around the market . Investigators later found a live pipe bomb inside the van, the official said.