Kosher market shooter has been linked to Black Hebrew Israelites, report says

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One of the assailants of the deadly attack at a Jersey City kosher market has been linked to the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The shooter, David N. Anderson, appears to have a connection to the movement but the extent of his involvement in that group is unclear, a law enforcement official told the newspaper.
David N. Anderson
The Black Hebrew Israelite movement is best known for its confrontational brand of street preaching in urban areas but it has a complex history in the United States, with sects and branches splintering over theological and leadership disputes. Scholars say what unites most Black Israelites is the belief that African Americans are the true descendants of biblical Jews.
Some members have expressed anti-Semitic sentiments in the past.
Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50, went on a shooting spree and had an hours-long gunbattle with police Tuesday that left four people dead — three people in the market and a police officer, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said.
Authorities are trying to determine what motivated the shooters, who were also killed, to carry out the attack.
Earlier Wednesday, authorities did not discuss the pair’s background and said only they are the “prime suspects” in the killing of an Uber driver in Bayonne, New Jersey, Grewal said.
Francine Graham
Authorities were checking into a note found in the U-Haul that contained both anti-Semitic and anti-police writing, a law enforcement source told CNN.
Posts with similar sentiments also have been found on social media linked to the shooters, the source said.
Law enforcement officers found a operable pipe bomb in the back of a stolen U-Haul truck the shooters use on Tuesday, Newark FBI Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie said.
“It’s down at the FBI laboratory right now. It was a viable device, meaning it could be a device that would have exploded,” Ehrie told reporters Wednesday.
How the attack unfolded
The Tuesday afternoon store attack led to chaotic scenes over several hours in the city across the Hudson River from Manhattan, with heavily armed officers taking over city streets, pulling up in armored personnel vehicles amid the sounds of sirens and gunshots.
Authorities believe the shooters first killed Jersey City police Det. Joseph Seals at a cemetery, and then drove to the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket, kicking off the gun attack and police shootout, Grewal said.
• Around 12:21 p.m., Anderson parked a U-Haul truck directly across the street from the supermarket, about a mile from the cemetery. He exited with a rifle and began shooting at the market while Graham followed him inside.
• Around 12:38 p.m., a bystander called 911 to report Seals’ body in the cemetery.
• Around 12:43 p.m., police arrived near the supermarket “and engaged with the two suspects inside,” starting a long shootout.
• Around 3:25 p.m., a police armored vehicle broke into the supermarket’s entryway.
• Around 3:47 p.m., law enforcement found Anderson and Graham’s bodies inside the supermarket.
Earlier Wednesday, Jersey City Department of Public Safety Director James Shea told reporters that authorities learned the incident began as an attack on civilians in the store and progressed into a gunbattle with officers after reviewing surveillance video.
Authorities had been unclear in the immediate aftermath of the attack about how the shootings and the gunfire exchange unfolded.
A survivor escaped after being shot
A person who was inside the market was shot when Anderson and Graham opened fire but was able to flee early on.
“The survivor was able to escape the store at the beginning of the incident and we are not providing his name at this time,” Grewal said Wednesday.
The officer killed in Jersey City was in charge of getting guns off the street
The officer killed in Jersey City was in charge of getting guns off the street
Three people who were inside the store were killed in Tuesday’s attack.
The wife of the store owner, Mindy Ferencz, 31, was killed almost immediately after the two suspects entered. A customer — 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch — and a store worker — Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, 49 — were also killed in the shooting, Grewal said.
Deutsch and Ferencz both had ties to the Jewish community in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Some officials say the attack was a hate crime
While New Jersey investigators say they don’t yet know why the shooters attacked the store, some officials there and in neighboring New York City have said they think the attack was a hate crime.
“My sentiment is that it should be viewed as a hate crime,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “There’s no question it was an attack on the Jewish community.”
De Blasio said he agreed with Fulop.
“What we saw yesterday was a premeditated, violent anti-Semitic hate crime,” de Blasio told reporters in his city Wednesday.
“In other words, you can say it was an act of terror because it was premeditated, it was violent, and it was directed at the Jewish community,” the mayor said.
Police responded to reports of shots fired Tuesday in Jersey City.
Police responded to reports of shots fired Tuesday in Jersey City.
Officials in both states say they’re reaching out to the Jewish community. Fulop said officials would be meeting Wednesday with community leaders.
In New York City, hundreds of police officers will monitor dozens of Jewish locations “for a number of days to come,” de Blasio said.
New York state police have increased patrols near synagogues and Jewish establishments, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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