Schools In Lockdown, Residents Fleeing As Policeman Killed In Daylight Shooting
Multiple civilians are dead during brazen daylight shootout where a man and a woman sprayed bullets on the street before seeking shelter in a corner store.
Residents and students at 12 schools in New Jersey were sent into lockdown before 2pm local time as the FBI, a SWAT team and the bomb squad swarmed the area.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said more than one officer had been shot, and police are yet to detain the shooters.
Reports say, one officer is now confirmed dead after being shot in the head, CBS reported.
The Jersey Police Benevolent Association said on Twitter it had been a "horrific day".
"Officers have come under attack and we have several wounded. Our hearts are heavy and the violence is not over," the tweet read.
Andy Patel, who owns a liquor store nearby said the gunfire, which witnesses have described as "constant for 20-30 seconds", was "like firecrackers going off".
"They were shooting like crazy about an hour ago. Then it stopped for like 20 or 30 minutes. The cops were clearing everyone off the streets,” he told FOX29.
Witness Brian Clark told CBS he had been driving towards the scene when he saw people running away and police ducking for cover.
“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 realised I was in a shootout," he said.
"I never heard that many shots in my life. It was like I was in a war zone."
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