Video: Sgt. Marjorie Jordan is being hailed as a hero for saving her wounded colleague after he was shot in the shootout at the Jersey City kosher supermarket on Tuesday.
The heavily-armed terrorists who executed a Jersey City cop before killing three helpless victims inside a kosher business were fueled by their hatred of police and the Jewish faith, authorities said Thursday.
Slain killers David Anderson and Francine Graham had no affiliation with any hate groups, and it remained unclear why the murderous pair specifically targeted the JC Kosher Supermarket and Detective Joseph Seals during their bloody Tuesday afternoon rampage, said New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
“We believe the two shooters were acting on their own,” he told a Jersey City news conference. “So let me be plain about this: The evidence points to acts of hate. I can confirm that we’re investigating this matter as potential acts of domestic terrorism, fueled by both anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs.
“The investigation is ongoing as to why the detective was killed by these two suspects and why this particular grocery store was selected.”
Authorities were scouring social media accounts linked to the killers, who expressed their hatred of cops and Jews in the online forums, officials said. Investigators had not identified any co-conspirators in the first 48 hours after the killing started during the Tuesday lunch hour.
Authorities also revealed the murderous couple behind the stunning mid-afternoon spasm of horror was more heavily armed than initially thought., with a total of five weapons linked to the pair.
Anderson, 47, carried an weapon resembling an AR-15 assault rifle and girlfriend Graham, 50, was armed with a Mosberg 12-gauge shotgun when they opened fire on the kosher business adjacent to a local synagogue. The other guns, along with a pipe bomb, were found inside the couple’s stolen U-Haul van.
Video showed the killers, after gunning down the three innocent victims in the store, ignoring passersby to fire only at police officers.
“They were clearly targeting that store,” said Newark U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. “They were clearly targeting the Jersey City Police Department. We don’t know why.”
The rental van used by the killers to flee the graveyard where Seals was killed and drive to the supermarket was also outfitted with bullet-resistance panels, officials said.
Two of the weapons, including the shotgun, were purchased by Graham last year in Ohio, officials said. One of the five firearms belonging to the killers was also fitted with a homemade silencer.
“They had a tremendous amount of firepower and a pipe bomb in the van,” said Grewal. “They could have done more.”
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