New Jersey officers wounded in shootout, one in critical condition

Schools in parts of Jersey City, the state’s second-largest city, were on lockdown.

By Jonathan Dienst and David K. Li | |

Police officers arrived at the scene following reports of gunfire in Jersey City, N.J. on Tuesday.Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/FRE171643 AP via AP

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Police officers were shot Tuesday in the Jersey City standoff that left a neighborhood, including a school, on lockdown, authorities said.

Sporadic, heavy gunfire rang out over the course of at least an hour along a major thoroughfare. SWAT teams, state police, and federal agents responded to the scene, and police blocked off the area, which has a Catholic school, some stores, a kosher supermarket, and a hair stylist.

FBI spokeswoman Patty Hartman said that more than one officer has been shot but could not give any other information. She said the bureau is assisting.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown,’’ Democratic Governor Phil Murphy said. “I have every confidence in our law enforcement professionals to ensure the safety of the community and resolve this situation.”

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