Jersey City shooting victims and suspects identified
Officials have named the four victims and two suspects who died during . The store is a central fixture to the Jewish Orthodox community that has been growing recently in Jersey City, which is across the Hudson River from New York City.
De Blasio said that as of Wednesday morning there were “no credible and specific threats against New York City,” despite the state of high alert and an increased police presence in Jewish neighborhoods. He called the incident a “premeditated anti-Semitic hate crime.”
“In other words, you can say it was an act of terror,” he said.
Neither the state attorney general nor any other law enforcement authority has confirmed the suspects targeted Jews. City Public Safety Director James Shea has said there was no indication of terrorism.
De Blasio, however, said, “There is a crisis of anti-Semitism gripping this nation.”
“There is a crisis of anti-Semitism in this city. It has continued to take on a more violent form all over this country, and now we have seen this extraordinary, extreme form of violence reach the doorstep of New York City. And we have to take that as a warning sign. We have to understand — as I’ve heard from many members of the Jewish community — that people are now living in constant fear,” he said.
The mayor also announced a new hate crime unit inside the New York City Police Department’s intelligence bureau called REME, which stands for racially and ethnically motivated extremism. The unit was started in early September after a succession of violent hate crimes nationwide over the summer, according to John Miller, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the NYPD.
Don Dahler contributed to this report.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with more details on the victims and to correct the spelling of several names based on new information from officials.
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