This is a developing story and will be updated. The Forward has a reporter headed to the scene.
Two gunmen were in a protracted shootout with police Tuesday afternoon at a kosher supermarket next door to a Jewish study hall in Jersey City, N.J., according to breaking news reports, but police said there were no indications that the shooting was terrorism-related.
The local ABC affiliate reported at least two injuries inside the supermarket, and at least two police officers were also injured, according to the New York Times.
At least one suspect appears to have been “neutralized,” according to the local ABC affiliate which was on the scene.
The grocery store sits next to a Hasidic study hall, the Greenville Shul, which includes members of the Satmar and Bobov communities, as well as others. Across the street is a Christian school, Sacred Heart, and there is a nearby yeshiva affiliated with the synagogue as well.
According to the ABC affiliate, the shooting started at the nearby Bay View Cemetery, where at least one police officer was injured. After the shooting at the cemetery the shooters fled to the JC Kosher Supermarket where at least one person was injured and managed to flee. Four other people were inside the store at the time; their whereabouts are unknown.
Schools in the area are on lockdown, and a large police presence has been deployed to the area.
Videos posted on social media showed officers surrounding the building where the shoot-out is taking place.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown,” said Gov.
Philip D. Murphy in a statement.
According to early reports, the officer injured was shot in the shoulder when he confronted the two gunmen after they opened fire in a cemetery nearby. He was taken to a local hospital.
It is not yet known if there are other injuries.
Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. Contact him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @aefeldman
Jordan Kutzik contributed reporting and translation from Yiddish.