A veteran detective and three bystanders were killed during an hourslong shootout Tuesday in Jersey City. Two gunmen shot Detective Joseph Seals near a cemetery when he approached them about a homicide investigation. They fled in a rental truck and holed up in a kosher deli, where they and the civilians died during a protracted standoff. An incendiary device found in the truck was removed by the bomb squad.
What was the motive? Police reported no evidence of a hate crime or terror motive, though Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop later said the suspects “targeted the location” in a Jewish neighborhood.