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Multiple people, including police officer, dead in New Jersey shooting | CBC News

Multiple people, including police officer, dead in New Jersey shooting | - News

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 gunfire for hours, authorities said.Law enforcement arrives at the scene where multiple people were killed by gunfire, in Jersey City, N.J., on Tuesday afternoon. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/The Associated Press)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 gunfire for hours, authorities said. The dead included two suspects, Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said.The shooting took place at two scenes, starting at a cemetery, where the officer was gunned down, and continuing at a kosher supermarket, where five more bodies were found, Kelly said. “Our officers were under fire for hours,” the chief said. He would not say exactly what set off the shooting but that he believes the officer who was killed was trying to stop some “bad guys.” City Public Safety Director James Shea said that authorities believe the violence was not an act of terrorism, but that it was still under investigation. Several shots fired pic.twitter.com/FyknpxCqwG—@KeldyOrtiz Two other officers were wounded but were later released from the hospital, authorities said. The bullets started flying early in the afternoon in the city of about 270,000 people, situated across the Hudson River from the Statue of Liberty.  The shooting spread fear through the neighbourhood, and the nearby Sacred Heart School was put on lockdown as a precaution. SWAT teams, state police and federal agents converged on the scene, and police blocked off the area, which, in addition to the school and supermarket, includes a hair salon and other shops. Dozens of bystanders pressed against the police barrier to film the action on cellphones, some whooping when gunfire bursts filled the air. Video shot by residents recorded loud volleys of gunfire reverberating along one of the city’s main streets and showed a long line of law enforcement officers pointing guns as they advanced, yelling to bystanders, “Clear the street! Get out of the way!” “It’s like firecrackers going off,” said Andy Patel, who works at a liquor store about three blocks away. “They were shooting like crazy … The cops were clearing everyone off the streets.” A heavy police presence can be seen at the scene of the gunfire. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/The Associated Press)

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