Details emerge in New Jersey shooting, but questions remain

Details emerge in New Jersey shooting, but questions remain
People board up the front of a kosher supermarket thats was the site of a gun battle in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. The two gunmen in a furious firefight that left multiple people dead in Jersey City clearly targeted the Jewish market, the mayor said Wednesday, amid growing suspicions the bloodshed was an anti-Semitic attack. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday named three victims and the suspected assailants in an hourslong shooting in Jersey City along with a rough timeline of what happened. But state and federal authorities are still investigating the attack.

A look at what is still unknown:

MOTIVE

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said officials have obtained evidence that could reveal a motive, but that it’s still too early in the investigation to say what might have prompted the attack.

He named David Anderson and Francine Graham, who both died in the shooting, as the suspects in the killings of Jersey City Det. Joseph Seals and three other bystanders in the JC Kosher supermarket.

“We’re not in the position at this time to say definitively why the suspects decided to stop in front of the supermarket and begin firing immediately,” he said.

But Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, as well as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, were quick to call the attack out as anti-Semitic.

“We shouldn’t parse words. To stop hate + anti-semitism we need to call it out QUICKLY for what it is,” Fulop said in a tweet.

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TWO CRIMES CONNECTED?

Grewal also unveiled new information Wednesday, saying that the the attackers in the Tuesday shooting are also prime suspects in the death of 34-year-old Michael Rumberger, who was found dead Saturday with head trauma in the trunk of a Lincoln Town Car.

But Grewal did not say what — if anything — linked Saturday’s crime to Tuesday’s shooting.

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CEMETERY SHOOTING CONNECTION

Authorities said that the attackers killed Seals at Bay View Cemetery, about a mile from the market, before they drove a stolen U-Haul van there and Anderson immediately began firing on the store.

Officials had earlier said Seals may have been investigating some “bad guys” before he was fatally shot, but the events of the graveyard shooting and how it ties to the market attack are still murky.

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GRAHAM’S LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT

Grewal said Graham was the passenger in the van, and that Anderson started firing on the market almost immediately after he exited the vehicle and began walking toward the market.

But he said he wasn’t prepared to say if Graham also had a weapon before she too followed Anderson into the market, where they both remained through the duration of the gunfight.

Authorities did say several weapons were recovered from the store.