At­tack sus­pects in N.J. had big bomb

Houston Chronicle - - NATION | WORLD - By Ed Shana­han

A bomb found in the van used by the man and woman who at­tacked a kosher mar­ket and killed four peo­ple in Jer­sey City, N.J., last month could have killed or wounded peo­ple up to five football fields away, fed­eral of­fi­cials said on Mon­day.

The man and woman, David N. An­der­son and Francine Gra­ham, also had ma­te­ri­als to make a sec­ond bomb, of­fi­cials said at a news con­fer­ence.

In ad­di­tion, of­fi­cials pro­vided new de­tails on Mon­day about the ac­tiv­i­ties of An­der­son and Gra­ham in the hours, days and weeks be­fore their deadly ram­page and, for the first time, linked them to a high­way shoot­ing near Newark on Dec. 3.

The Dec. 10 at­tack on the JC Kosher Su­per­mar­ket, in a small but grow­ing Jewish slice of Jer­sey City’s Greenville neigh­bor­hood, is be­ing treated as an act of do­mes­tic ter­ror­ism by law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties. An­der­son and Gra­ham were killed by po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing the at­tack.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that An­der­son and Gra­ham, who killed a po­lice of­fi­cer and three by­standers in Jer­sey City, were “fu­eled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law en­force­ment be­liefs,” New Jer­sey’s at­tor­ney gen­eral, Gur­bir Gre­wal, said last month.

“We know now that they planned greater acts of may­hem on both com­mu­ni­ties,” Craig Carpen­ito, the U.S. at­tor­ney for New Jer­sey, said on Mon­day, re­fer­ring to Jews and law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

The broader plot was thwarted, Carpen­ito added, by the in­ter­ven­tion of Joseph Seals, a Jer­sey City po­lice de­tec­tive who was fa­tally shot by An­der­son and Gra­ham in a ceme­tery about a mile from the mar­ket.

Seals, of­fi­cials said, was in the ceme­tery to meet with a man about the po­ten­tial re­turn of a ve­hi­cle that the Jer­sey City po­lice had im­pounded.The au­thor­i­ties also dis­closed that An­der­son and Gra­ham had searched on­line at var­i­ous points in De­cem­ber for in­for­ma­tion about a Jewish com­mu­nity cen­ter in Bay­onne, about cab com­pa­nies in Jer­sey City and about whether a car door would stop a bul­let fired at an an­gle.

Of­fi­cials said they had un­cov­ered sur­veil­lance video that showed the two tak­ing tar­get prac­tice with long guns in Austin­town, Ohio, on Dec. 1.

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