3 hostages, officer killed as neighborhood becomes war zone

Police reportedly suspected the shootings began as a drug deal gone bad in New Jersey; bystanders caught in the crossfire as the suspects barricaded themselves in a market.
3:14 | 12/11/19

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And we begin tonight with that deadly gun battle right outside New York City, killing a police officer and three innocent civilians trapped inside a store during the gun fight. The two suspects, the gunmen, are also dead tonight. S.W.A.T. Teams and heavily armed vehicles rushing to the scene in Jersey City, New Jersey. Police moving through the streets. The attackers holed up in that supermarket. Clearing the way for some of those bystanders outside to get out of harm's way. Some 30,000 children on lockdown for a time inside dozens of nearby schools, and tonight, that city already mourning that officer, a father of five. ABC's Adrienne Bankert leads us off from the scene tonight. Reporter: Tonight, a terrifying deadly shootout on the streets of New Jersey. Heavily-armed S.W.A.T. Teams racing through the streets with guns drawn, two suspects unleashing a barrage of gunfire on officers. Every time any approach is attempted or anyone comes out of cover, he opens fire. Reporter: The gunmen barricading themselves in the Jersey City supermarket, hostages trapped inside. Innocent bystanders caught in the intense crossfire. Thousands of rounds exchanged. So we looked and we saw these cops running from the gunfire and we heard more, pop, pop, we heard, like, automatic weapons. Heard like automatic weapons. Reporter: The neighborhood turning into a war zone. One officer shot in the shoulder. Three hostages were killed in the store and another officer was also killed. He was a father of five. 46 schools in the area were put on lockdown. 30,000 kids taking cover in classrooms. Then I heard gunfire, boom, boom, boom, and after that, we just put our hands over our head. Reporter: The first shots rang out at 12:30 P.M. Early reports indicate that blitz suspect the shooting started as a drug deal gone bad. The suspects fleeing to that supermarket. Oh, oh, oh. At this point, we have an officer down. We don't know how he was down. A lot of officers here out in the open. Reporter: The shootout lasted hours. A police helicopter and drone were seen overhead. Officers scrambling on top of a roof to try to neutralize. S.W.A.T. Teams rescuing this woman. Witnesses say she'd been trapped inside her car in the middle of the firefight. Then moments later, several more running for cover with their hands in the air. The shooters killed inside the store after a neighborhood was under siege for more than four hours. Tonight, the lockout just lifted. Children looking to reunite with their parents, shaken by the horrifying day. Scary, nerve-wracking. Rady to leave. I can't do it no more. Adrienne Bankert with us live on the scene tonight. And police now believe the suspects stole a U-Haul at some point and the bomb squad is now investigating? Reporter: Yes, David. A team is actually looking into whether that vehicle contained a possible incendiary device. That believe that truck is part of the crime scene. We do have some good news for you tonight. That officer shot in the shoulder has already been released from the hospital. David? All right, Adrienne Bankert leading us off tonight. Adrienne, thank you.

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