A New Jersey police officer has been shot by two suspects who had been firing from a local bodega, police said on Tuesday. The officer was responding to a call of two suspects in the bodega at Wilkinson Avenue and Martin Luther King Dr. in Jersey City, police said. When the officer arrived, the suspects opened fire with long guns.
The officer was taken to a local hospital with an apparent shoulder injury, an ABC New York station reported.
The Sacred Heart School nearby has been placed on lockdown, according to the station.
It has been reported that the injured officer was taken to Jersey City Medical Center with an apparent shoulder injury.
The Sacred Heart School was placed on lockdown after gunshots rang out across the street.
Jersey City Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas confirmed that both Lincoln and Snyder high schools are on lockdown, as well as Schools 12, 14, 29, and 41 streets.
Radio station WABC have reported that the downed officer was shot in Bay View Cemetery before the gunman or gunmen fled into the bodega.
NBC4 quoted Hudson County officials as saying that two officers had been shot, one in the head, in an “ambush”.
Authorities have not officially confirmed the number of shooters or victims as the active shooter situation is ongoing.
County SWAT teams are at the scene and Martin Luther King Drive has been closed from both directions.
One eye witness Brian Clark told CBS2: “I got caught in a one way street with a bunch of cars and I was wondering why nobody was moving.
“And all of a sudden I heard it. All the shots started. Shots started ringing out.
“When I heard it, I see people running.
“I got out of the car and I see cops ducked down, and cops getting out of the way.
“And I’m wondering why, what the hell?
“So I get out of my car and I see it, and I heard it – pow pow pow pow pow – then I realized I was in a shootout.
“I never heard that many shots in my life.
“It was like I was in a war zone”