New Jersey AG: Jersey City Attack Being Investigated As Act Of Domestic Terrorism

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December 12, 2019 - 12:55 pm
New Jersey AG Grubir Grewal

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Thursday confirmed that the attack on a kosher grocery store in Jersey City was fueled by anti-Semitic beliefs.

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“The evidence points towards acts of hate,” Grewal said during a press conference. “I can confirm that we’re investigating this matter as potential acts of domestic terrorism fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs.”

During the investigation, law enforcement were able to recover five firearms linked to the suspects – four were inside the JC Kosher Supermarket and one was inside a stolen U-Haul van used by the attackers.

Grewal notes that during the massive shootout, one of the suspects, 47-year-old David Anderson, used an AR-15 style weapon. The other suspect, 50-year-old Francine Graham, used a 12-gauge shotgun.

Records indicate that Graham purchased two firearms at gun shops in Ohio last year.

Law enforcement agents have uncovered social media accounts they believe were used by the suspects, which seem to align them with certain anti-Semitic and anti-law enforcement viewpoints as well. Grewal stressed that officials are working to determine the authenticity of the accounts.

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"We believe that the suspects held views that reflected hatred of the Jewish people as well as a hatred of law enforcement. We are still working to determine how they selected their particular targets for these attacks, specifically the JC Kosher Supermarket and Detective Joseph Seals,” Grewal said.

The state attorney general said officials believe the two shooters were acting on their own, but did not deny the possibility that the two had an involvement in the fringe group, Black Hebrew Israelites.

“There has been considerable reporting that these two suspects are linked to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. We have evidence that both suspects expressed interest in this group but we have not definitively established any formal links to that organization or to any other group,” he said.

Grewal also said the victims in the attack were most likely killed within minutes of the suspects entering the store. The Medical Examiner was also able to conduct speedy autopsies on two victims, who were members of the Jewish faith, in order for them to be buried in accordance to Jewish law

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