Chaos swept over New Jersey on Tuesday afternoon as a dramatic running gun battle unfolded which left six people dead, including one police officer.
The police officer who was murdered was reportedly a married, 39-year-old father of five. Several other police officers were also wounded during the deadly firefight.
As Fox News reports:
The shootings unfolded in a cemetery and a convenience store near the Sacred Heart School…
Of the six people who died, one was a married 39-year-old police officer with five kids. The others killed included two of the three suspects in the case, as well as three civilians.
A second officer was struck in the shoulder by gunfire, and two others were hit by shrapnel, Mayor Steven Fulop said.
It was unclear what happened to the third suspect, described as a 6-foot-tall black male wearing all black clothing.
Loud gunfire could be heard on several videos which were recorded at the scene:
#BREAKING: Officer shot in the head during active shooting incident at bodega in Jersey City, New Jersey
— I.E.N. (@BreakingIEN) December 10, 2019
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President Trump was also briefed on the situation:
Just received a briefing on the horrific shootout that took place in Jersey City, NJ. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims & their families during this very difficult & tragic time. We will continue to monitor the situation as we assist local & state officials on the ground.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019