One police officer was killed and two injured in an active shooter situation in Jersey City Tuesday, the Hudson County prosecutor said. Earlier, the police said that a New Jersey police officer had been injured by two suspects who were firing from a local Jewish owned bodega at Wilkinson Avenue and Martin Luther King Dr in Jersey City.
Police sources reported of several officers injured in the fire exchange. One of the policemen died, Fox5NY reported.
An emergency service unit team has been dispatched to the scene as well as an armoured car, reports say. A heavy police presence has also been reported at the site. Local schools are said to have been put on lockdown as police investigate the incident.
The New York Police Department also sent emergency services personnel to the scene.
Students and staff at Sacred Heart School in Jersey City are safe, however the school remains on lock down. Police are on the scene. Events are still unfolding. Please keep all those involved in your thoughts and prayers.— Catholic Schools NJ (@CatholicEdNJ) December 10, 2019
State Police assets from T.E.A.M.S., Canine Unit, Bomb Unit, Marine Services, Aviation, Field Ops, Tactical Patrol, Central Security, Trafficking, and Emergency Response Bureau are assisting @JCPoliceDept with the active shooter investigation.— NJSP - State Police (@NJSP) December 10, 2019
Videos posted on Twitter show armed police officers at the scene.
Officers just helped a person escape from gunfire. pic.twitter.com/Q7KtAMOGd4— Keldy Ortiz (@KeldyOrtiz) December 10, 2019
The world we live in. Just got this email from our daycare because of the shooting in Jersey City.— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) December 10, 2019
GUN CONTROL NOW. pic.twitter.com/qhW8g2L7DE
The #HCPO is confirming that one police officer has been fatally shot today in #JerseyCity. Two add'l officers & one civilian have also been struck by gunfire but they are stable. Avoid the entire area surrounding MLK Blvd & Bayview Ave. More info to follow.— ProsecutorSuarezHCPO (@HCPOProsecutor) December 10, 2019
One of the suspects might have been shot, witnesses and reporters also posted on Twitter.
The FBI office in Newark also said via Twitter that its agents were on the scene in Jersey City.
#FBI is on scene in Jersey City. The public is asked to stay away from the area of MLK Drive near the light rail station as well as Bay View cemetery. Your cooperation is appreciated.— FBI Newark (@FBINewark) December 10, 2019
The Bayonne city Office of Emergency Management warned people to avoid the city's Greenville area.
#PAPD assisting Jersey City PD in active shooter situation in the vicinity of MLK Drive and Bayview Ave. Please avoid the area.— Port Authority PBA (@PAPD911) December 10, 2019
In Washington, White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said in a statement that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation and continues to monitor the shooting.
The President has been briefed on the shooting in Jersey City and continues to monitor the situation.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 10, 2019
The Bayonne City Board of Education said all students are in a shelter-in-place, although normal dismissal at the end of the day was still expected.
The suspects are reportedly a man and a woman. Their motives remain unclear, but the police at the scene said the incident does not appear to be terrorism.
Police sources say Jersey City active shooter situation does not appear to be terrorism. #abc7NY— Derick Waller (@wallerABC7) December 10, 2019
I used to teach HS in Jersey City. 🥴 https://t.co/zlVHkJdaWA— Jaime Primak (@JaimePrimak) December 10, 2019
The report comes days after a shooting at a Pensacola naval airbase in Florida that left three people dead and seven more injured.
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