HORRIFIC TRAGEDY: Multiple people killed, including police officer, in massive shootout in Jersey City; Frum Yidden among shooting victims [UPDATED]

[UPDATES BELOW] An active shooter situation is unfolding in Jersey City, NJ right now.

According to initial reports, at least two gunmen, one man and one woman, began shooting at a plainclothes police officer at a cemetery.

The shooters then continued their rampage at a nearby store, reportedly owned and operated by Jews, where reports say several hostages have been taken.

The incident is occurring in a neighborhood where there is a budding Chasidic Jewish community. A Chasidic school with about 40 children in the area is currently on lockdown, with multiple police units, including snipers, securing the children.

Police are not yet ready to evacuate them. At least a dozen other schools in and around Jersey City have also been placed on lockdown.

Dozens of SWAT officers are on scene trying to get the situation under control. Multiple State agencies have responded to the scene, including assets from T.E.A.M.S., bomb units, Aviation, Field Ops, Tactical Patrol, and Central Security. NYPD Aviation and ESU have also responded, providing mutual aid to NJ Police.

One police officer has been killed, and there are numerous other injuries, including at least two frum Jewish people, one who is reported to be in stable condition at a nearby hospital.


UPDATE: Police scanner chatter indicates that 2 gunmen have been shot by police. Police are continuing to announce via loudspeakers that residents should remain sheltered in place.

UPDATE: Police have uncovered a hot UHaul truck loaded with pipe bombs.

UPDATE: Tactical units are moving in on the gunmen’s location.

UPDATE: President Trump has been briefed on the situation and is monitoring it.

UPDATE: Names for Tehillim are חיים בן לאה and משה צבי בן בתיה לאה

It is not yet clear what prompted the shootout. This story will be updated.

UPDATE: Police have reportedly found 4 people killed in the shootout inside the grocery store.

UPDATE: Police say there is no indication at this time that the incident is terror related.

UPDATE: Misaskim is on scene and working with authorities.

UPDATE: Misaskim tells TLS that two victims killed in the grocery were Jewish.




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  1. Oh, lets pray for the store owners whose business was effected for a short period of time but not for the police officer who was shot in the head. Priorities.

    • You are a despicable human being. I didn’t say I know who owns the store. I have no idea who owns the store. I shop there and I know who RUNS the store. Based on the news reports they are now dead. You are a vile person.

    • My friend. Your quick jump at condemnation was misguided and unwarranted. It presumed what was not said, maligned what was unsullied, and offended who was not seeking to offend.

  2. To duh: that’s is a completely unwarranted and inappropriate comment. What words are you misconstruing? Frumyid is suggesting to pray for people he knows who may be INSIDE the store, as they own the store, not for their lost business hours! And nowhere did he or anyone imply that the police officers’ lives are not worth praying for. Why sow animosity and hatred??

  3. The police discount terror but not anti semetisim why run into a Jewish owned store next to a Shul? And why drive a truck loaded with bombs in front of a Jewish school
    Perhaps not against the USA but against a certain race of its citizens
    I’d also call that terror related

  4. Pray for all. I don’t care what religion they were. A man doing his job gave his life. Leaving a wife and five children ..Those children will never know there Father..Stop your silly remarks.

    Signed: PRAY FOR ALL……..

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