Jer­sey City shoot­ers planned ‘may­hem’

Of­fi­cials say ev­i­dence shows ‘greater’ tar­gets

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Ter­rence T. Mc­Don­ald and An­thony Zu­rita North Jer­sey Record USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

The cou­ple re­spon­si­ble for what au­thor­i­ties have called a deadly anti-Semitic at­tack at a kosher mar­ket in Jer­sey City last month planned “greater acts of may­hem” on Jewish peo­ple and law en­force­ment, au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day.

The shoot­ers searched Google for in­for­ma­tion on a Jewish com­mu­nity cen­ter in Bay­onne, New Jer­sey, and left be­hind a note re­fer­ring to anti-cop re­marks fea­tured in a 1990 doc­u­men­tary called “The FBI’s War on Black Amer­ica,” au­thor­i­ties said. Fed­eral and state of­fi­cials re­vealed the in­for­ma­tion about the Dec. 10 at­tack dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Newark.

One of the sus­pected shoot­ers, David An­der­son, wrote anti-Semitic posts on so­cial me­dia re­fer­ring to Jewish peo­ple as “im­posters who in­habit syn­a­gogues of Satan” and ref­er­enced “wicked Is­raelites who love dark­ness as cover for their wicked­ness,” U.S. At­tor­ney Craig Carpen­ito said.

“This was noth­ing but a sense­less, evil, cowardly act of anti-Semitism and ha­tred toward not just the Jewish com­mu­nity, but also law en­force­ment,” Carpen­ito said.

The vi­o­lence in Jer­sey City came amid a rise in at­tacks on Or­tho­dox

Jews in Brook­lyn and about three weeks be­fore a Dec. 28 ma­chete at­tack at a Hanukkah party in Rock­land County, New York, that left five in­jured.

The at­tack in Jer­sey City left six peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing An­der­son and his al­leged ac­com­plice, Francine Gra­ham, and one Jer­sey City po­lice of­fi­cer, De­tec­tive Joseph Seals. Au­thor­i­ties also be­lieve the shoot­ers are be­hind the mur­der of Michael Rum­berger, a 34-year-old Jer­sey City man who was found dead in his car on Dec. 7.

Carpen­ito said that au­thor­i­ties do not be­lieve An­der­son and Gra­ham had any co-con­spir­a­tors, but the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues. Carpen­ito also said there is no ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing An­der­son and Gra­ham at­tacked the yeshiva that is two doors down from the mar­ket.

Jer­sey City Mayor Steve Fu­lop has said he be­lieves ev­i­dence sug­gests the yeshiva was a planned tar­get.

An­der­son and Gra­ham planned the at­tack for months and cased the mar­ket days be­fore, au­thor­i­ties said to­day. In ad­di­tion to the bomb that was found in the truck the two used to drive to the mar­ket, there was enough ma­te­rial to make a sec­ond bomb, they said.

The bomb could have in­jured or killed peo­ple as far as five football fields away, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

A note in­side the van about the anti-FBI doc­u­men­tary ref­er­ences a mo­ment in the film when Fred Hamp­ton, a Black Pan­thers leader, rails against “avari­cious, greedy busi­ness­men” and “fas­cist, pig cops,” au­thor­i­ties said.

TARIQ ZEHAWI/NORTHJERSE­Y.COM

New Jer­sey At­tor­ney Gen­eral Gru­bir Gre­wal shakes hands with Craig Carpen­ito, U.S. At­tor­ney for the Dis­trict of New Jer­sey, af­ter a news con­fer­ence with law en­force­ment agen­cies to update the pub­lic on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Jer­sey City shoot­ing, which oc­curred Dec. 10, 2019.

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