Some of Jersey City's 26,000 public school students were told to remain in their schools as police continued to investigate the active shooter situation in the city. At least two suspects had barricaded themselves inside a Kosher convenience store in the area. Hundreds of federal agents, NY and New Jersey state and local police officers, SWAT teams and other personnel surrounded the store, located next to a synagogue and small yeshiva.
New Jersey Transit Police reported Hudson Bergen Light Rail was suspended in the area, along with all bus service on the West Side Branch.
"Multiple" people are dead inside a store on Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City, Mayor Steve Fulop said, marking the end of a tense, hours-long standoff between an armed man and woman and numerous law enforcement agencies.
News reports a law enforcement official described the attack as an "ambush".
The Hudson County Prosecutors Office said that one police officer had been killed and two more and a civilian were wounded. An official at a local Catholic School, Sacred Heart, told TIME the school also remains on lockdown but is not otherwise involved in the shooting.
'I can hear the gunshots. It's like firecrackers going off. "They were shooting like insane about an hour ago", he said. Then it stopped for like 20 or 30 minutes.
Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement that he been briefed on the unfolding situation.
The New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association is asking for "lots of prayers" for Jersey City officers. "I got out of the vehicle and I see cops ducked down, and cops getting out of the way", witness Brian Clark said.
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Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and was monitoring the situation, CNN reported.