Jersey City killers’ bomb could have killed people 5 football fields away: fedsJanuary 13, 2020
The bomb left in a van by the couple who slaughtered a cop and three people during an anti-Semitic rampage in Jersey City was powerful enough to have killed or maimed victims as far as five football fields away, federal officials said Monday.
David Anderson and Francine Graham also had enough material in the van to make a second bomb, the officials said, according to a report by WNBC.
New Jersey US Attorney Craig Carpenito said slain Detective Joseph Seals “threw off a broader plan” and “probably saved dozens, if not more, lives” when he confronted Anderson and Graham at a Jersey City cemetery.
After fatally shooting Seals, Anderson and Graham drove to the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket, where they killed co-owner Leah Mindel Ferencz, employee Douglas Miguel Rodriguez and customer Moshe Deutsch before dying during a furious firefight with cops.
Officials have labeled the Dec. 10 incident domestic terrorism and blamed the carnage on “hatred of the Jewish people as well as hatred of law enforcement.”
Anderson and Graham cased the store several times, including hours before the attack, and they both had handcuff keys hidden in their underwear, Carpenito said Monday.
One of their guns has also been tied to another shooting that targeted a Jewish man driving near Newark Airport several days earlier, officials said.
The same weapon was also used to kill livery driver Michael Rumberger, who was found stuffed in the trunk of a Lincoln Town Car in Bayonnne on Dec. 7, officials said.
Authorities have previously described Anderson and Graham as the “prime suspects” in that slaying.
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