Deadly shooting in Jersey City
Here’s what we know:
- What happened: The shooting started about 12:30 p.m. ET in one part of the city, and ended following a tense standoff with police in another part of town.
- The victims: A police detective and three people believed to be civilians, who were found inside a building, were killed. Two officers and one civilian were in stable condition after being struck by gunfire, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said via Twitter.
- Suspects dead: The suspects were killed during the standoff, Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said.
- The fallen officer: He was identified as Det. Joseph Seals, a 15-year veteran of the Jersey City Police Department. Seals was part of a statewide anti-violence unit. He was credited with removing “dozens and dozens” of handguns from the streets, the police chief said.
- The investigation: The shooting investigation will “take weeks, maybe months,” Kelly said. “The crime scene is very extensive and is at three locations, at least.”
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, speaking at a news conference tonight, expressed “an immense debt of gratitude” for a police detective killed in today’s shooting.
Earlier today, Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly identified the fallen officer as Det. Joseph Seals, a 15-year veteran of the Jersey City Police Department.
The governor went on to say he was “grateful the other officers wounded are currently recovering.” He also offered his condolences to the families of three people believed to be civilians who were found dead inside a building.
“This was an incredibly tough day for Jersey City and for the entire state of New Jersey,” Murphy said.
The bomb squad is examining a stolen U-Haul from the scene, according to the Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly.
The U-Haul, which has removed from the scene, may contain an incendiary device, he said.
Kelly said the shooting investigation will “take weeks, maybe months.”