Six dead in New Jersey gun­bat­tle

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By David Porter

Two gun­men and a po­lice of­fi­cer were among the dead. Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve it was not an act of ter­ror­ism.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Six peo­ple, in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and three by­standers, were killed in a fu­ri­ous gun­bat­tle Tues­day that filled the streets of Jersey City with the sound of heavy fire for hours, au­thor­i­ties said.

The dead in­cluded the two gun­men, Jersey City Po­lice Chief Michael Kelly said.

The slain of­fi­cer, De­tec­tive Joseph Seals, 40, was cred­ited by his su­pe­ri­ors with hav­ing led the de­part­ment in the num­ber of il­le­gal guns re­moved from the streets in re­cent years, and might have been try­ing to stop an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing such weapons when he was cut down by gun­fire that erupted near a ceme­tery, au­thor­i­ties said.

The bul­lets started fly­ing early in the af­ter­noon in the city of about 270,000 peo­ple, si­t­u­ated across the Hud­son River from New York City. Seals, who worked for a unit called Cease Fire, was shot around 12:30 p.m. The gun­men then trav­eled to an­other part of the city in a stolen rental van and en­gaged po­lice in a pro­tracted shootout.

“Our of­fi­cers were un­der fire for hours,” the chief said.

In­side a kosher gro­cery store, po­lice found the bod­ies of what they be­lieved were the two gun­men and three other peo­ple who ap­par­ently hap­pened to be in the place when the as­sailants rushed in, au­thor­i­ties said. Po­lice said they were con­fi­dent that all those killed were shot by the gun­men and not by po­lice.

The kosher gro­cery is a cen­tral fix­ture in a grow­ing com­mu­nity of Ortho­dox Jews in Jersey City. Au­thor­i­ties were un­able to say why the gun­men went there.

ANGUS MORDANT/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A po­lice of­fi­cer works the scene of a fa­tal po­lice-in­volved shoot­ing on Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City, N.J.

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