Police were responding Tuesday to reports of an active shooter in Jersey City, New Jersey, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Law enforcement officials cited by NBC say one individual with a long gun is firing from a bodega. The county’s SWAT team is responding, NBC reported.
The gunfire is targeting people on the street; according to NJ.com, and nearby Sacred Heart School is locked down, along with others in the area.
“All students and staff are safe however a number of schools are on lockdown due to police activity,” the School District of Jersey City said in a Facebook post.
Hudson County Sheriff’s Department, Jersey City Police, Newark FBI and Newark ATF were responding to the scene, according to the USA TODAY Network. Authorities asked people to stay away from windows.
Several gunshots could be heard in the vicinity.
Jersey City resident James Scott, 45, on Martin Luther King Drive and Wilkerson Avenue when he heard gunfire.
“I was on the corner of Martin Luther King. Next thing you know there was shots fired. We all ducked to the ground. I got out of here,” Scott said.
The New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association tweeted a message of support to Jersey City police.
“We need a lot of prayers right now for Jersey City officers. Keep all those involved in your thoughts,” the NJSPBA said in a tweet.
NJ Transit Police suspended bus service to the area, the department said in a tweet.
The reports of an active shooter come days after a Saudi aviator in training opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola, killing three and wounding several others before being shot by police.