JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City had apparently been followers of the Black Hebrew Israelites a fringe group whose members have been known to rail against white people and Jews and one of them had made anti-Semitic posts online, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.
The findings stoked suspicions that the rampage Tuesday that left the killers and four victims dead was not a random crime but an anti-Semitic attack, even as state and federal authorities cautioned that the motive was still under investigation.
The FBI on Wednesday searched the Harlem headquarters of the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, which is the formal name of the Black Hebrew group, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
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