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New Jersey gun battle leaves six dead, including cop and both suspects

Baku, December 11, AZERTAC

Police waged an hours-long gunfight with two men armed with high-powered rifles in and around a New Jersey cemetery and kosher market, leaving six people dead, including one officer and both suspects, authorities said, according to Reuters.

The violence began after noon in the heart of Jersey City, the state’s second-largest municipality directly across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan, prompting a lockdown of all Jersey City schools as law enforcement swarmed the area.

Police arriving on the scene immediately came under “high-powered rifle fire,” Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters.

While the gunmen’s motives were not known, there was no immediate evidence the bloodshed was either a hate crime or terror-related, Kelly said, adding, “but that’s certainly on the table.”

Investigators believe the two suspects, who were not yet identified, acted alone, officials said.

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