JERSEY CITY (VINnews) — After almost a full day since the shooting, the shooting suspects have been identified as David Anderson and Francine Graham, reports NBC4. This is according to 4 law enforcement personnel involved in the case.
According to the sources, Anderson at one point was a member of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. The U-Haul that Anderson and Graham drove to the scene allegedly contained a note with religious writings. Additionally, Anderson was said to have written anti-police and anti-Jewish sentiments in the past on his social media. Investigators are attempting to confirm for certain whether or not these sentiments were written by Anderson himself.
The new details came after authorities review of surveilance footage for the area removed all doubt that the Kosher supermarket was a targeted loaction. According to officials, the footage clearly shows the suspects deliberately passing other people on the street, yet they walk past them and aim directly at people in the store.
Although it was understood till now that the incident began with a plainclothes officer being shot in a cemetery, Jersey City Mayor Fulop and Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea now say that it is clear the incident started in the store.
“We now know this did not begin with gunfire between police officers and perpetrators and then move to the store,” Shea, the brother of NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, said. “It began with an attack on the civilians inside the store.”
The exact timeline of events still remains under investigation.