JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The FBI is asking the public to be on the lookout for a white van that belonged to Jersey City shooter David Anderson.
The van reportedly has New Jersey license plates B40-JSD. If you spot the van, authorities urge you not to approach it but rather to contact authorities.
The FBI has also set up a website for people to share any photos or videos that might help in the investigation. Click here to submit a tip.
#FBI has created a webpage for submission of photos and videos that could contain information relevant to the Jersey City shootings. Members of the public are asked to submit material at: https://t.co/O33tMhTlYr. Owners can provide as much information as they wish to provide.
— FBI Newark (@FBINewark) December 13, 2019
Bagpipes played at a candlelight vigil being held right now in memory of the police detective and three other innocent lives lost Tuesday. At the JC Kosher Supermarket, flowers have been placed and a growing number of messages are being left.
Prosecutors said Anderson and Francine Graham fatally shot Jersey City Det. Joseph Seals at Bayview Cemetery before driving a stolen U-Haul van to JC Kosher Supermarket and opening fire, killing three other victims and prompting an hours-long shootout.
“We believe the suspects held views reflecting hatred of Jewish people and law enforcement,” he told reporters.
The stolen U-Haul contained a pipe bomb and had been outfitted with ballistic panels. It also had a manifesto-style document with a list of groups the suspects hated and grievances.
In total, five guns were found inside the supermarket and the van.
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The question remains: Why did the suspects target the kosher supermarket?
On Friday, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said he believes they were looking for somewhere else.
“We believe it’s fairly clear that he walks to the door directly adjacent first and then pivots. As you all know, the yeshiva and the school is directly adjacent attached to that building. That’s number one,” he said. “Number two is that he brought a lot of ammunition and a lot of firearms. It’s fairly safe to conclude from that that his intentions were to do more than just murdering three people. Number three is he drove to a location that is a known yeshiva and the center of that Jewish community there. That’s not something that’s a secret in the Jewish community. There were 50 children there.”
The mayor went on to say, “This could have been far, far worse. This could have been the equivalent of a Sandy Hook-type tragedy.”
Gaining access to the Yeshiva isn’t easy with security locks, but the mayor’s opinion is that they may have attempted going back to it, if not for the intervention of police officers.
“We had a walking post literally there that responded to the gunfire and that probably changed heir calculations a little bit, where they went to the store and remained in the store,” Fulop said.
The mayor spent the afternoon thanking teachers and staff for keep children locked down and schools safe and calm.
The attorney general said the shooters “expressed interest” in the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, but investigators have not definitely linked them to that organization or any others. They do believe the suspects acted alone.
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