Hate-fueled domestic terrorism motivated the harrowing and prolonged shooting attack that killed three people inside a Jersey City kosher market and took the life of a veteran police detective earlier this week, New Jersey's top prosecutor said Thursday.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who a day earlier outlined a timeline for what has been called a targeted attack on the JC Kosher Supermarket, said suspects David Anderson and Francine Graham went there armed with rifles for a single purpose: They were bent on taking out Jewish people — and members of law enforcement.
Officials have said they believe the two attackers, found dead in the store in the bloodshed's aftermath, identified themselves in the past as Black Hebrew Israelites, a movement whose members have been known to rail against white people and Jews. Grewal said authorities have not established a formal link between the pair and the group.
Authorities have found social media postings from Anderson that were anti-police and had anti-Jewish elements, law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case previously told News 4. Grewal said Thursday investigators are still working to corroborate the messages were posted by Anderson and reflected his views, but at this point, he and others felt comfortable revealing the preliminary motive.