A police officer was shot dead, after two shooters stormed a convenience store after a suspected police sting went wrong.
The shooters, reported to be a man and woman dressed in black, are said to have begun firing at Bay View Cemetary in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Tuesday afternoon.
Local news station WABC reported that they hit on cop on the shoulder, then got into a van and drove to the JC Kosher Supermarket on the city’s Martin Luther King Drive.
A ferocious gun battle between police and the suspects then erupted. Two other police officers and a civilian were also struck, with all three reported to be in a stable condition. Both shooters are also reported to have been killed.
Bomb disposal teams have also arrived on scene, amid claims the U-Haul van is stuffed with pipe bombs.
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Police, FBI agents, SWAT teams and officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and explosives (ATF) have rushed to the scene.
Police reported that at least one person is believed to be injured inside the store, and was spotted close to its door.
President Trump is also reported to have been briefed on the shooting.
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Ferocious gunfire can be heard in multiple videos shared from the scene, with specialist officers from the neighboring New York Police Department drafted in to help out.
NJ.com reported that one police officer was heard saying that each time their colleagues advance towards the shooter, they are fired at from a window.
All schools in the area have been put on lockdown, with some New Jersey Transit bus and rail services also suspended.
One dramatic amateur surveillance clip showed a row of armed policemen advancing on the scene while shouting at pedestrians to take cover.
And a third video recorded even louder gunfire ringing out from the store shortly after the shooting began.
SWAT teams are responding to the shooting, and 12 local schools have been locked down.