Bomb Inside Van of Jersey City Couple Who Fatally Gunned Down Four in Anti-Semitic Attack Could Have Maimed People ‘Five Football Fields Away’
Associated Press and Snejana Farberov, Daily Mail, January 13, 2020
The anti-Semitic couple that stormed a kosher grocery in Jersey City and killed three people inside after gunning down a police officer were planning another attack and were in possession of enough explosives to injure people five football fields away, it was revealed on Monday.
State and federal law enforcement officials stated that David Anderson and Francine Graham, a New Jersey couple who expressed hatred of Jews and law enforcement in notes and social media posts, planned the deadly December 10 attack for months and were tied to another shooting of a Jewish cab driver a week earlier.
Anderson, 47, and Graham, 50, shot and killed Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals in a chance meeting in a cemetery on December 10, then drove to the market and killed Mindel Ferencz, 31, who owned the grocery with her husband; Moshe Deutsch, 24, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn who was shopping there; and store employee Douglas Miguel Rodriguez.
Rodriguez held the back door open for a wounded customer to escape before he was shot, authorities said Monday.
Barricaded in the store, Anderson and Graham were killed after a four-hour gun battle with the police that sent the sound of gunfire booming for hours through the neighborhood in New Jersey’s second-largest city, across the street from a school where windows were left riddled with bullets.
It ended after police crashed an armored vehicle through the wall of the market.
One of the guns recovered at the kosher grocery was used by Anderson and Graham to kill a livery car driver in neighboring Bayonne a few days earlier, and also to shoot out the windows of a car driven by a Hasidic man near Jersey City, the investigation revealed.
At the scene, a note found on Anderson contained a reference to a 1990s documentary, ‘The FBI’s War on Black America,’ which explored the FBI’s targeting of individuals involved in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, Carpenito said.
He added that a timestamp written on the note corresponded to a segment in the documentary where an interviewee advocates killing ‘fascist pig cops.’
Investigators found a bomb inside the couple’s white van after the market shootings filled with shrapnel, and materials that could have easily built another bomb.