Jersey City, NJ-On Monday, the U.S. attorney in New Jersey and the head of the local FBI confirmed that the explosive that was found in the vehicle of suspected domestic terrorists Francine Graham and David Anderson could have killed or seriously injured people up to five football fields away.
They also stated that there was enough material in the van to make a second bomb.
Jersey City Police Detective and four other innocent people were killed in the horrific incident. Most of the victims were located inside the JC Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Boulevard on December 10.
Investigators believe Seals approached the suspects' van because cops were looking for it in connection with the murder of a livery driver the prior weekend. Cops are still looking into a possible connection between the driver's death and the terror that was unleashed in Jersey City on Dec. 10.
U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said of Seals, "We believe he threw off a broader plan," and that his actions "probably saved dozens if not more lives."
Authorities were unable to detail what that plan was, however they did say that Graham and Anderson had done research on a Jewish community center in Bayonne.
They confirmed that earlier preliminary suspicions that the shootout was a bias crime against Jews and against the law enforcement community. The shooters were found dead when the gunfire ended. Carpenito confirmed that both suspects had handcuffs keys in their underwear.
He said there was no evidence of co-conspirator and that the two went to Ohio for target practice not long before the attack.
Investigators also have found social media postings from Anderson that were anti-police and had anti-Jewish elements. Five firearms to date have been linked to the duo. Four — an AR-15 style weapon, a shotgun, and semiautomatic firearms, including a Glock — were recovered from inside the kosher market. A fifth — a weapon with a homemade silencer and a homemade device to catch shell casings — was discovered in the U-Haul they drove to the market. That van was outfitted with ballistic panels; it also had the bomb inside.
At this time, the investigation is being led by federal authorities and conducted by a joint coalition of law enforcement entities.