Jersey City shooting: Six including cop killed in gun battle


New Jersey: At least six persons, including a police officer and three bystanders, were killed in a gun battle in Jersey City, in the state of New Jersey.

US law enforcement said they responded to an active shooter situation in New Jersey, one officer has been confirmed dead.

Two other police officers were also wounded during the incident, which culminated in a shootout after gunmen barricaded themselves in a shop.

The shooting took place at two scenes, starting at a cemetery, where the officer was shot, and continuing at a kosher supermarket, where five more bodies were found.

Sporadic, heavy gunfire rang out over the course of at least an hour along a major thoroughfare but has quieted down. SWAT teams, state police and federal agents responded to the scene, and police blocked off the area, which, in addition to the school, has some stores, a kosher supermarket and a hairstylist.

Loud volleys of gunfire could be heard at regular intervals but subsided around 2 p.m. in the city, which is just across the Hudson River from Manhattan and is New Jersey’s second-largest city after Newark. Dozens of bystanders pressed against the police barrier to film the action on cellphones, some whooping when gunfire bursts filled the air.

The nearby Sacred Heart School was put on lockdown, and all staff including students were safe.

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