Fulop says it’s his opinion that Jersey City shooters were targeting 50 kids in yeshiva

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted that it is his opinion that is more information comes out, it will be clear that the targets of the shootings that killed six on Tuesday was actually the 50 children in a neighboring yeshiva.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“My opinion is that as more info comes out it’ll become increasingly clear that the target was the 50 children at the Yeshiva attached to that store. We will never know 100% but the doorway to the yeshiva was 3 feet away + it seems he goes in that direction 1st,” Fulop posted on social media.

Within hours of the violent crimes, Fulop declared the incident a hate crime, despite law enforcement officials claiming it was too early to determine motives.

Less than a day later, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal confirmed at a press conference that the killings would be investigated as domestic terrorism/bias crimes.

Some following on social media commented that the mayor tweeting his opinion was “irresponsible” during a time of crisis. Fulop did not immediately respond to any of those criticisms directly, but explained broadly why he felt it necessary to express this right now.

“This is a horrible tragedy but even in so much darkness with lives lost there is some light in that without question had the bravery/quick response of the police not trapped them in the store this could have been much much worse.”