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New Jersey gun battle leaves six dead, including cop and both suspects


Added 12-11-19 12:10:03am EST - “Police waged an hours-long gunfight with two men armed with high-powered rifles ...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “New Jersey gun battle leaves six dead, including cop and both suspects”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police waged an hours-long gunfight with two men armed with high-powered rifles on Tuesday in and around a New Jersey cemetery and kosher market, leaving six people dead, including one officer and both suspects, authorities said.

The violence began after noon in the heart of Jersey City, the state’s second-largest municipality directly across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan, prompting a lockdown of all Jersey City schools as law enforcement swarmed the area.

Police arriving on the scene immediately came under “high-powered rifle fire,” Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters.

While the gunmen’s motives were not known, there was no immediate evidence the bloodshed was either a hate crime or terror-related, Kelly said, adding, “but that’s certainly on the table.”

“Based on what we now know, there are no ongoing threats to public safety that have any connections to today’s events,” Governor Phil Murphy said at a separate news conference.

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