Deadly Jersey City shootout suspects identified

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Two people who opened fire in Jersey City Tuesday afternoon, killing a police detective and three innocent bystanders before being fatally shot in a prolonged standoff with authorities, have been identified.

David Anderson and Francine Graham have been identified as the shooters who targeted the kosher market on Martin Luther King Drive, law enforcement sources told PIX11’s Mary Murphy.

Jersey City police got involved in an hours-long gun battle —and received assistance from specially trained NYPD teams in armored vehicles, along with squads from the New Jersey State Police.

A high-ranking law enforcement source said Anderson, 47, had an Ohio address but had been stopped by police twice in New York City and issued “B” summonses, most likely for moving violations.

Sources said Graham, 50, had a Manhattan address and was arrested once in the past in New York City for hitting someone with a stick.

Police and the FBI were investigating some anti-Semitic posts on social media tied to one of the suspects, sources said.

Tuesday’s shootout started when police got initial reports of shots fired around 12:30 p.m., officials said. Det. Seals was fatally shot at a nearby scene on Garfield Avenue near a cemetery.

The suspects drove a stolen van to the kosher grocery store where the shooting continued. Responding officers were immediately engaged by high power rifle fire, officials said.

PIX11 received a tip that the shooters were prepared to use an improvised explosive device during their attack. The New York Times reported a “live” pipe bomb was discovered in the van the shooters used.

PIX11 learned Wednesday that an Orthodox Jewish pre-K program is located right next to the kosher market. A Jersey City officer told PIX11 there were 100 small children inside Tuesday afternoon when the gun battle started.

A larger Catholic school across the street—and all Jersey City schools—were out on lockdown during the chaotic afternoon.

The officer killed Tuesday was identified as Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals, a 15-year veteran of the force who leaves behind a wife and five children.

Of the three innocent bystanders killed, two have been identified as Moshe Deutsch and Leah Mindel Ferencz, both with ties to Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.

Ferencz and her husband settled in Jersey City after relocating from Williamsburg. She was a mother of five who helped her husband run the first kosher grocery store in the area, according to United Jewish Organizations .

Williamsburg resident Deutsch, 24, is remembered as someone who was “dedicated to studying his Jewish faith everyday.”

The third innocent victim has not been identified.

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