JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said he believes the shooters in Tuesday’s attack were clearly targeting the children at the yeshiva school attached to the kosher supermarket, citing footage of the shooting.
Fulop said it was “easy to conclude” the shooters’ intentions were not just to shoot at those in the deli but to continue to the adjacent school — which contained 50 students, according to Fulop — given that footage and the number of weapons the two shooters possessed.
“It is pretty apparent that he goes to the adjacent door first and then turns. Secondly, it is pretty apparent from the amount of firepower and weapons he brought to that location,” Fulop told the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey. “Clearly he had intentions of doing more damage than just murdering three people in a deli.”
Earlier in the week, Fulop aggressively labeled the shooting as an anti-Semitic attack despite law enforcement’s assertion that it was too early to tell. At a news conference on Thursday, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said that after collecting evidence it became clear that the two heavily armed shooters “held views that reflected hatred of Jewish people and law enforcement.”
“The evidence points toward an act of hate,” Grewal said.
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The FBI Newark Office, who is now leading the investigation, and the Attorney General’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fulop told the Network that he was “not bound” by the investigation and vowed to be transparent with the public.
“We will never know with 100% certainty as they are deceased but based on those facts it is pretty easy to conclude,” Fulop told the Network.
Tuesday’s shooting left six people dead, including veteran Jersey City detective Joseph Seals and three civilians, Leah Minda Ferencz, Douglas Miguel Rodriguez Barzola and Moshe Hirsch Deutsch.
Seals was killed at the Bayview Cemetary less than a mile away from the kosher market. Ferencz, Barzola and Deutsch were killed at the market along with the two shooters, David N. Anderson and Francine Graham.