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Jersey City Shootout

Videos, Body Cam Footage Released of Jersey City Shooting Attack

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What to Know

  • Videos have been released of the prolonged Jersey City shootout that left one police officer and three civilians dead late last year
  • Most of the victims were found inside the JC Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Boulevard during what officials have described as a hate-fueled terror spree on Dec. 10, 2019
  • Alleged domestic terrorists Francine Graham and David Anderson, who were found dead after the gunfire ended, were said to be behind the shootout, which authorities said was a bias crime against Jews and against the law enforcement community

WARNING: Due to the sensitive nature of the videos, viewer discretion is advised. 

Videos were released by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office of the hours-long Jersey City shootout that left one police officer and three civilians dead late last year.

Four innocent people, including a veteran Jersey City police detective and father of five, died in the hail of gunfire that place on Dec. 10. Most of the victims were found inside the JC Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Boulevard during what officials have described as a hate-fueled terror spree.

The videos released include body camera footage from Jersey City police officers in the middle of gunfire -- many taking cover at nearby Sacred Heart School, across the street from where the suspects were holed up.

The state's attorney general released the videos after media outlets, including News 4, requested them.

Police body cam and security footage shows new glimpses into the deadly Jersey City shootout. Some of the footage shows a Jersey City officer who was taking cover and firing his weapon in an effort to save lives. NBC New York’s Brian Thompson reports.

Two different camera angles also show a tactical vehicle ram the kosher grocery store.

The officer who died, Det. Joseph Seals, was killed at a cemetery, where authorities said he had gone to meet with a man to talk about the return of a vehicle impounded by police. Details will never be definitive, authorities previously said, but investigators believe Seals approached the suspects' van because cops were looking for it in connection with the murder of a livery driver the prior weekend.

Seals' death first brought law enforcement near the scene of what would become a horrific bloodbath, leaving schools with bullet-riddled windows and the neighborhood locked down.

The U.S. attorney in New Jersey and the head of the local FBI have said that the bomb found in the van of alleged domestic terrorists Francine Graham and David Anderson could have killed or maimed people up to five football fields away.

Graham and Anderson had done research on a Jewish community center in Bayonne. Authorities later confirmed earlier suspicions that the shootout was a bias crime against Jews and against the law enforcement community. The shooters were found dead when the gunfire ended.

Officials have said they believe the two attackers identified themselves in the past as Black Hebrew Israelites, a movement whose members have been known to rail against white people and Jews. Authorities have said they have not established a formal link between the pair and the group.

Shocking new surveillance footage shows the beginning of the shooting in Jersey City on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
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