“White supremacy kills.”
That was Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s online reaction to a shooting at a grocery store in New Jersey in which four victims were fatally shot:
The issue with her response is that, according to NBC News, authorities are investigating the tragedy as a “potential act of domestic terrorism fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs.” Also, it was later revealed that the two deceased shooting suspects are black.
The Michigan Democrat has since removed her Twitter post, replacing it with the following:
It was beyond heartbreaking to learn of what appears to be another anti-Semitic act of violence. The hate growing in our country is toxic. https://t.co/UuRANNA9ZZ
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) December 11, 2019
In addition to 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch, other victims included fellow Hasidic Jew Mindy Ferencz, 31, Douglas “Miguel” Rodriguez, a 49-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant, and New Jersey Police Detective Joseph Seals, who was gunned down in a cemetery before the shooters terrorized the kosher grocery store.
Gurbir S. Grewal, New Jersey’s Attorney General, described the suspects Francine Graham, 50, and David Anderson, 47, as having “views that reflected the hatred of the Jewish people as well as the hatred of law enforcement.” He continued: “We are still working to determine how they selected their particular targets for these attacks, specifically both the JC Kosher Supermarket and Detective Joseph Seals.”
After what NBC describes as an “hours long standoff and intense shootout” in the supermarket, police broke through the store’s front door via armored vehicle. It was then that law enforcement found the dead bodies of Graham and Anderson.
Grewal also informed the public that the authorities have what they believe to have been the firearms used by the suspects, two of which were purchased in Ohio by Graham.
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff