Feds: Jersey City Shootings Being Investigated As Hate Crime
NEWARK, N.J. - Federal and state law enforcement officials held a press conference Monday to update the ongoing investigation into the Jersey City shootings, which they are treating as a hate crime.
David Anderson and Francine Graham targeted Jewish people, according to officials.
The press conference at the FBI's Newark headquarters, located at 11 Centre Place, featured U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, District of New Jersey, FBI-Newark Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, ATF-Newark Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, State Police Lt. Col. Fritz Frage and Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Jared M. Maples.
Anderson and Graham reportedly exchanged anti-police and anti-Semitic rhetoric online via social media, according to officials.
They also said that Anderson and Graham were responsible for the shooting deaths of 40-year-old Jersey City Det. Joseph Seals, Uber driver Michael Rumberger, 49-year-old Miguel Douglas Rodriguez, 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch, and the owner of the kosher market 31-year-old Mindy Ferencz.
According to FBI officials, Anderson and Graham planned more carnage as the explosive device has a devastating range of five football fields.
Recently, authorites apprehended Ahmed A-Hady, the 35-year-old Keyport pawn shop owner allegedly tied to the Jersey City shooting after officials say a handwritten note with his contact information was found in the back pocket of one of the suspected shooters.
All guns connected with the Jersey City shootings have been recovered, according to officials.
They added that there is no further threat to the community at this time, as they believe Anderson and Graham acted alone.