NEWARK — The two people who stormed a kosher grocery in Jersey City and killed three people planned an assault for some time and were involved in another shooting of a Jewish person a week earlier, authorities said Monday.
State and federal law enforcement officials revealed details about the months leading up to the shootings by David Anderson and Francine Graham, a couple who expressed hatred of Jews and law enforcement in notes left at the grocery shooting scene and in online posts.
Anderson, 47, and Graham, 50, shot and killed Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals in a chance meeting in a cemetery Dec. 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.
Barricaded in the store, Anderson and Graham were killed after a lengthy gun battle with the police.
A gun recovered at the kosher grocery that was used by Anderson and Graham to kill a livery car driver in neighboring Bayonne a few days before the market shootings was also used earlier to shoot out the windows of a car driven by a Hasidic man near Jersey City, the investigation revealed. That shooting wasn’t reported until investigators began probing the the market shootings.
Surveillance video showed Anderson and Graham had driven past the market in their rented U-Haul van twice in the week leading up to the shootings. U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said Monday.
Anderson’s social media posts included a reference to Jews as “imposters who inhabited synagogues of Satan,” Carpenito said.
“This was a senseless and cowardly act,” Carpenito said.