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BREAKING: 2 Shooters Barricaded Themselves in a Convenience Store in New Jersey

Video footage of the scene showed a massive police response, including SWAT teams and snipers positioned on nearby roofs.

by Tess Owen
Dec 10 2019, 8:11pm

A chaotic scene between police and one or possibly two active shooters is underway in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The situation started early Tuesday afternoon, as the two suspects barricaded themselves inside a convenience store after opening fire on police.

Video footage of the scene showed a massive police response, including SWAT teams and snipers positioned on nearby roofs. The FBI and ATF also responded.

Gunfire broke out at around 12:30 p.m., and two hours later, the scene was still very active. At least one officer was shot.

There’s still not very many details about the shooters, whether there was a particular target, or if there are other victims in addition to the wounded police officer. The shooting began at a nearby cemetery, ABC reported. Suspects then barricaded themselves in the store.

At least one of the shooters was armed with a long gun, according to the New York Times.

An elementary school on the same block as the convenience store was placed on lockdown. Other schools in the area were also placed on lockdown.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he’d been briefed on the shooting. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff,” Murphy wrote on Twitter, “and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown.”

New Jersey transit has suspended rail and bus service in some parts of Jersey City in response to the shooting.

Cover: Police officers arrive at the scene following reports of gunfire, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Jersey City, N.J. AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

This article originally appeared on VICE US.

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