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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.
6 maut kes tembak menembak di New Jersey
Pegawai polis tiba di lokasi kejadian tembakan di New Jersey. - Foto AFP
NEW YORK: Sekurang-kurangnya enam maut termasuk seorang pegawai polis dan dua suspek penyerang dalam kejadian berbalas tembakan di kedai runcit di New Jersey semalam.
Keadaan memaksa polis menutup kawasan sekolah, kata pegawai dan media tempatan.
Lima orang, tiga orang awam dan dua suspek, diisytiharkan meninggal dunia dalam kedai dan seorang detektif polis juga meninggal dalam kejadian berbalas tembakan membabitkan penggunaan ratusan peluru, kata Ketua Polis Michael Kelly.
Katanya, beliau percaya semua yang terbunuh terkena tembakan suspek yang tiba di lokasi kejadian dengan trak U-Haul.
“Pergerakan mereka pantas dan berterusan selama empat jam di kawasan itu,” kata Kelly.
Pegawai polis dan van ambulan kelihatan berada di lokasi kejadian tembakan di New Jersey. - Foto AFP
Media tempatan melaporkan kejadian berlaku di atau berhampiran Pasar Raya JC Kosher, walaupun polis berkata tiada bukti pertumpahan darah itu berkaitan keganasan.
“Dua lagi anggota polis dan seorang orang awam cedera dalam kejadian tetapi dalam keadaan stabil,” kata Pejabat Pendakwa Raya Hudson dalam Twitter.
Pegawai yang terbunuh ialah bapa kepada lima anak, kata polis.
Ketegangan memaksa ramai anggota penguat kuasa undang-undang ditempatkan dengan pasukan SWAT dan ejen persekutuan bergegas ke lokasi kejadian selain pasukan keselamatan dari Jabatan Polis New York City. — Reute
NEW YORK: Sekurang-kurangnya enam maut termasuk seorang pegawai polis dan dua suspek penyerang dalam kejadian berbalas tembakan di kedai runcit di New Jersey semalam.www.bharian.com.my
Jersey City: Deadly gun battle kills six people
Police exchanged gunfire with two suspected gunmen for over an hour
A police officer and at least five other people have died in a series of gun battles in Jersey City, in the US state of New Jersey.
Two other police officers were wounded during the incident, which ended in a shootout after two gunmen barricaded themselves in a kosher supermarket.
A motive for the incident is not yet known. But the mayor said investigators believe the location was "targeted".
Several local schools and businesses were also put on temporary lockdown.
Authorities identified the police officer who died as Joseph Seals, 39, who was part of a state-wide programme to confiscate illegal weaponry.
Speaking to reporters, Jersey City Police Chief Mike Kelly said Mr Seals was a "leading police officer in removing guns from the street".
Dozens of armed officers were deployed as the suspects took shelter at a supermarket
How did the attack unfold?
Mr Kelly said violence first erupted at a cemetery just after 12:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Tuesday. Local media reported that confrontation between police and the suspects was linked to a murder investigation, but this has not been confirmed by authorities.
Police at the scene immediately came under "high-powered rifle fire", Mr Kelly told reporters, and it is believed that Mr Seals was killed while approaching the two suspects, who have not been publicly identified.
The pair fled the scene in a van and took shelter in a kosher supermarket where they held off armed police and federal officials for four hours, shooting off hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Investigators believe the two gunmen killed three people in the shop before they were shot dead. At least one survivor from the shop is being treated for injuries.
Mr Kelly said investigators also believe the suspects' van contained an "incendiary device" which was removed and taken away for examination by police disposal specialists.
What about the motivation of the gunmen?
Officials initially said they believed the shop was chosen at random and that they did not believe it was an act of terrorism.
But on Tuesday night, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said on Twitter that authorities "now believe the active shooters targeted the location they attacked".
Police said three people in the shop may have been killed by the suspects
"Due to an excess of caution the community may see additional police resources in the days/weeks ahead," Mr Fulop said, noting there has been no indication of further threats.
Officials have not elaborated on why they believe the location was targeted. They have also not commented further on whether the attack was driven by anti-Semitism.
But New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said while there was no known threat to the city, he had also placed police on high alert, especially in Jewish communities. Jersey City is part of the New York metropolitan area.
"This tragically confirms that a growing pattern of violent anti-Semitism has now turned into a crisis for our nation," he said in a tweet. "And now this threat has reached the doorstep of New York City."