Attack suspects in N.J. had big bomb
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.