• Detective Joseph Seals, 39, and three civilians were killed by two suspects in Jersey City on Tuesday. Two suspects were also dead after multi-hour standoff in the area of JC Kosher Supermarket
• Horror ordeal started when Detective Seals approached the suspects at a cemetery as part of an investigation. Seals was shot dead and suspects fled the scene in a stolen U-Haul as police descended on the area
• Suspects armed with long guns killed three others inside the market and injured multiple other cops. Witnesses said the gunshots continued for the next two hours as law enforcement flocked to the scene
• President Donald Trump tweeted that he had been briefed on the situation and was monitoring it
One police officer, three civilians, and two suspects are dead after a multi-hour SWAT standoff at a kosher market in Jersey City.
Detective Joseph Seals, 39, was gunned down and killed on Tuesday by the two unnamed suspects, who then went on to hijack a U-Haul truck, kill three civilians in a market, and engage in an hours-long shootout with police before the suspects themselves died.
Shocking bystander video shows the moment that another police officer was injured by gunfire from the suspects' high-powered rifles during the standoff.
Seals, a married father of five, was a member of the CeaseFire Unit, a special team that tries to de-escalate gun violence and get firearms off the streets.
THE FIERCE SHOOTOUT TERRIFIED RESIDENTS AS GUNFIRE RANG OUT FOR HOURS, AND AT LEAST TWO POLICE OFFICERS WERE STRUCK BY GUNFIRE IN THE STANDOFF. OFFICIALS NAMED THE INJURED OFFICERS AS RAY SANCHEZ AND FARINELLA FERNANDEZ. BOTH HAVE SINCE BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL IN GOOD CONDITION.
At around 12.30pm, Seals approached two suspects at or around the Bay View Cemetery as part of an investigation, and was shot dead, according to Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly.
The two suspects, who police say were both male despite previous reports to the contrary, then hijacked a U-Haul, fled the scene, and holed up in the JC Kosher Supermarket, killing three civilians there before dying in a police shootout.
Police say that at this time they do not have evidence that the incident is linked to terror or hate crimes, and that the situation is no longer active.
The fierce shootout terrified residents as gunfire rang out for hours, and at least two police officers were struck by gunfire in the standoff. Officials named the injured officers as Ray Sanchez and Farinella Fernandez. Both have since been released from the hospital in good condition.
The day of chaos across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan produced numerous conflicting reports about the shooters and the sequence of events, and many details have yet to be resolved.
The bullets started flying early in the afternoon in the city of about 270,000 people