Jersey City mayor says kosher market shooting was 'targeted,' some frustrated with few details

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Residents and the Jewish community in Jersey City are asking for clarification after the city's mayor tweeted late Tuesday that two gunmen "targeted" the kosher market where they killed three people earlier in the afternoon but did not elaborate.

A New Jersey police officer was among four victims killed in the shootout that brought the city to a standstill. The suspects also died.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted, “Based on our initial investigation (which is ongoing) we now believe the active shooters targeted the location they attacked. Due to an excess of caution the community may see additional police resources in the days/weeks ahead. We have no indication there are any further threats.”

He didn’t clarify, however, if the incident is being investigated as an anti-Semitic hate crime, sparking calls for further explanation.

“what do you mean? That the location the gunmen fled to, the kosher supermarket, was chosen with anti-Semitic intent … ?" Laura E. Adkins, opinion editor for the Jewish Telegraph Agency, tweeted in response. "That there is an active anti-Semitic hate crime investigation? Something else?”

Another commented that his "non-committal" statement was not helpful. “WHO were the JC shooters, WHAT was their motive, WHERE are they from, WHY did they do what they did, and HOW did this all go down?" they wrote.

New York State Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, who represents Brooklyn, also posted about Fulop's statement.

“Mayor @StevenFulop, with all due respect, if you believe that the Jewish community was “TARGETED” you must say it CLEARLY and MAKE SURE your constituents are protected,” Eichenstein tweeted.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that Fulop "has asserted that today’s incident was a deliberate attack targeting the Jewish community."

“Although there is no credible or specific threat directed against New York City, I have directed the NYPD to assume a state of high alert," he wrote. "Tonight, NYPD assets are being redeployed to protect key locations in the Jewish community. Tomorrow, we will announce additional measures.”

The shooting rampage started when the suspects killed veteran Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals in a Jersey City cemetery before they moved to the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket a few blocks away where a shootout with police left three victims and the suspects dead.

“We have been in close contact with the Jewish community in #JerseyCity to help where we can,” Fulop posted earlier in a retweet from Councilman Chaim Deutsch, chair of New York City Council's Jewish caucus.

“While we work through details/investigation of today’s incident I know the entire Jersey City community stands together with the Jewish Community during these challenging times," Fulop wrote.

The shooters were reportedly armed with high-powered rifles.

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Ashanti Says She Hasn’t Spoken To Nelly Since Their Split; What Caused Their Breakup?

Nelly and Ashanti were one of hip-hop’s most gorgeous looking couples. He hailed from the “dirty south” of St. Louis and she was the “princess of R&B.” Their music careers were on fire when they joined forces as a couple. Nelly was the leader of the rap crew, St. Lunatics and Ashanti was the only singer on Irv Gotti’s record label, Murder Inc. Nelly was with Ashanti during her nasty split from the label that involved allegations of an affair between her and Gotti her ultimate decision to end her contract. They broke up after nearly 10 years together and she recently revealed that she hasn’t seen him since their split. 

Ashanti reveals she hasn’t spoken to Nelly since their breakup

While appearing on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, one fan wrote in and asked Ashanti if Nelly ever paid her the money he owed her. After their breakup, it was alleged that the rapper borrowed more than $500,000 from the songstress to pay off debts he owed to credit card collectors. According to Ashanti, that was untrue. 

“He didn’t owe me any money,” she said before laughing.

When Cohen asked her if they currently have a good relationship or at least are cordial terms since their split, she says that oddly, she hasn’t seen him since their breakup. 

“I honestly haven’t seen him since we broke up, which is crazy,” she said. Considering they are both in the same industry and have attended the same events over the years, it’s definitely strange that they have yet to have an encounter. Cohen joked that Nelly was a guest on the show, leaving Ashanti frazzled. Thankfully, it was all in good fun and her ex was nowhere in sight. 

Why Ashanti and Nelly broke up after nine years together 

The couple dated for years before confirming they were in a relationship. Despite the dozens of award shows and industry events they attended together, holding hands and grinning ear to ear, they kept their relationship status under wraps. 

Part of the reason they didn’t speak about their relationship publicly is because they were on and off for a number of years. They met in 2003 and had a series of breakups and makeups. But in a 2008 interview with People Magazine, Nelly said he and Ashanti were “serious.” Ashanti also hinted that an engagement may be on the horizon. They also spoke about their relationship on Nelly’s VH1 2011 Behind The Music special, where Nelly praised Ashanti for being his support system following his sister’s death. 

During their relationship, they released duets together, including their single “Body On Me” and “Just A Dream.” The music wasn’t enough to keep them together. In 2012, they split for good. Ashanti later said that she was “betrayed” by Nelly during an episode of The Meredith Vieira Show. She also referred to him as a coward, hinting that infidelity played a part in their final breakup. 

Ashanti used music to help her through heal from the breakup with the release of her 2014 album, Braveheart. The song “Scars” details the emotional pain she endured following their split. 

Nelly has moved on with his girlfriend, Ms. Jackson. Ashanti’s career is keeping her busy enough to not focus on a relationship at the moment. She’s participating in two tours next year, one in the U.S. and another in Europe.

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FBI says it presumes base shooting was act of terrorism

FBI says the Pensacola base shooting is ‘presumed’ to be a TERROR attack as Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms two Saudi nationals filmed the attack that left three dead at the hands of radicalized gunman

  • Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas revealed Sunday that investigators have not yet been able to determine shooter Mohammed Alshamrani’s motive
  • The Naval base shooting left three dead and eight injured on Friday
  • Alshamrani, 21, also died following a gun fire battle with police 
  • Investigators believe the Saudi gunman visited New York City, including the Rockefeller Center, just days before the shooting
  • Authorities also believe the gunman made social media posts in which he talked about U.S. support for Israel and charged that Americans are anti-Muslim
  • Days before the shooting, Alshamrani hosted a dinner party for himself and three other Saudi trainees where they all watched videos of mass shootings
  • Investigators noted that one of the three students recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place
  • Ten Saudi students were being held on the base Saturday as part of the investigation, the official said, however no arrests have yet been made 

The FBI has revealed that the deadly mass shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola will be investigated as a potential act of terrorism as authorities explore whether the gunman’s sickening actions were spurred by a radical ideology.

Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas revealed Sunday that investigators have not yet been able to determine the motive behind Mohammed Alshamrani’s ambush in Florida on Friday, which left three dead.    

Alshamrani, 21, also died at the scene and eight others were wounded but all are expected to recover.

Investigators say the gunman visited New York City – including the Rockefeller Center – with three other Saudi trainees just days before the shooting and are working to determine the purpose of the trip.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed Sunday that ‘one or two’ of the Saudi trainees were filming the shooting as Alshamrani carried it out, though for now it remains unclear why. 

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, killed three and wounded 12 others in the attack before he was shot dead by police. This picture was released by the FBI on Saturday evening

Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas revealed Sunday that investigators have not yet been able to determine shooter Mohammed Alshamrani’s motive for Friday’s ambush in Florida 

Defense Secretary Mark Esper (pictured right with President Trump) confirmed Sunday that ‘one or two’ of the Saudi trainees were filming the shooting as Alshamrani carried it out, though for now it remains unclear why

Authorities also believe the shooter authored a series of social media posts in which he talked about U.S. support for Israel and scolded Americans for being anti-Muslim.

‘I can tell you that we are looking very hard at uncovering his motive and I would ask for patience so we can get this right,’ Rojas said in a press conference.

ALSHAMRANI’S DISTURBING TWITTER ACCOUNT AND HIS PRE-SHOOTING ‘MANIFESTO’ 

The now-deactivated Twitter account purportedly belonging to Alshamrani included:

– A variety of anti-Israel postings and a quote from deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden

– A lengthy manifesto posted at 4:39am  Friday, less than two hours the shooting. The manifesto read in part:

 I’m against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil.

‘I’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because [of] your freedoms, I hate you because every day you [are] supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims, but also humanity….

‘As we speak, members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and Counterterrorism Division are working tirelessly to discern any possible ideology that may have been a factor in this attack.’ 

The FBI and others are trying to establish whether the attack was an act of terrorism and whether Alshamrani acted alone. 

Alshamrani was a flight student at Pensacola, where members of foreign militaries are routinely trained by the U.S.

Using a Glock 9mm handgun he’d purchased by exploiting a legal loophole, Alshamrani opened fire in a classroom at the Florida base on Friday morning, killing Airman Mohammed Sameh Hathaim, 19, Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21.

Eight others, including two deputies, were wounded in a gunfight with Alshamrani, who was later shot dead by police. 

Days before the gunfire erupted, Alshamrani hosted a dinner party for himself and three other Saudi trainees where they all watched videos of mass shootings together. 

Mark Esper said that at least one of the three students recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place, while the others watched on nearby from a car.

FBI agents are also trying to determine the purpose of the group’s visit to New York, along with the gunman, and are attempting to locate and question anyone who they may have met with in during their time in the city.  


US Naval Academy graduate, Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, (left) and military student Mohammed Haitham, 19, (right) have been identified as two of the victims of Friday’s shooting

Naval apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, was named as the third victim

The FBI Evidence Response Team is pictured continuing their methodical search for clues at the base on Saturday.  FBI terrorism investigators have been also been investigating, according to reports

Naval Air Station Pensacola  will remain closed until further notice, officials said Saturday. The building where the shooting took place is pictured

In the hours leading up to the attack, the shooter appeared to have posted criticism of U.S. wars in the Middle East to social media, saying he hated Americans for ‘committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity’ and for the country’s support of Israel.  

He also posted a quote from assassinated al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, according to SITE Intelligence Group. The shooter’s Twitter account was taken down subsequent to the attack. 

The U.S. has sought the assistance of Saudi officials as they try to piece together information about the gunman and whether his heinous actions were spurred by  an ‘ideology’. 

Ten Saudi students were being held on the base Saturday as part of the investigation, the official said, however no arrests have yet been made.

Alshamrani was a second lieutenant attending the aviation school at Navy Station Pensacola. The Pentagon say his training with the US military began in August 2016, and was due to finish in August 2020. 

One of Alshamrani’s uncles told CNN on Saturday that he was shocked by the attack, as his nephew was ‘likable and mannered towards his family and the community’.  

‘He had his religion, his prayer, his honesty and commitments’, the uncle stated.  

Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that Alshamrani used a handgun in the shooting, which he purchased from a dealer in Pensacola. 

Non-citizens are prohibited from purchasing guns in the United States, unless they are equipped with a hunting license. 

According to NBC, Alshamrani was equipped with such a license. 

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was a Saudi aviator training at the U.S. naval station

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suggested Saudi Arabia should offer compensation to the victims

The gun has been described as a Glock 45 9-millimeter handgun with an extended magazine. 

Alshamrani allegedly had four to six other magazines in his possession at the time of his shooting. 

Elsewhere, the FBI is examining social media posts and investigating whether Alshamrani acted alone or was connected to any broader group. 

On Friday evening, the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media, claimed they had tracked a Twitter account belonging to Alshamrani which featured a disturbing manifesto written just hours before the shooting.   

Investigators are working to determine if it was in fact written by the shooter 

President Donald Trump declined to say whether the shooting was terrorism-related but said Saturday that he would review policies governing foreign military training in the U.S.

The U.S. has long had a robust training program for Saudis, providing assistance in the U.S. and in the kingdom. More than 850 Saudis are in the United States for various training activities. They are among more than 5,000 foreign students from 153 countries in the U.S. going through military training.

‘This has been done for many decades,’ Trump said. ‘I guess we’re going to have to look into the whole procedure. We’ll start that immediately.’

SAUDI ARABIA’S TERROR LINK 

15 of the 19 men associated with the al-Qaeda 9/11 attacks were Saudi citizens. A number of them received their aviation training at bases in the US. 

al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden, hailed from a prominent Saudi family.  

The US investigated some Saudi diplomats and others with Saudi government ties who knew hijackers after they arrived in the US, according to documents that have been declassified.

The Saudi government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attacks. 

The 9/11 Commission report found ‘no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded’ the attacks that al-Qaeda masterminded, but the commission also noted ‘the likelihood’ that Saudi government-sponsored charities did.  

In 2017, families of 800 victims and 1,500 first responders file a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia accusing the country’s officials of aiding hijackers in 9/11 attacks. The lawsuit is ongoing.

Saudi Arabia is the richest and geographically largest Middle Eastern country – and a key US ally.

According to the State Department, Saudi Arabia is the second leading source of imported oil for the United States, providing just under one million barrels per day of oil to the US market    

 Saudi money is also widely invested in the US, with billions of private cash invested on Wall Street and beyond.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a member of the ruling al-Saud family, has stakes in a huge range of big  businesses including Citigroup, 21st Century Fox, and the Plaza Hotel in New York.  

Many the country’s citizens also come to study at US colleges, with Saudis the fourth-largest source of foreign students, trailing only China, India and South Korea, according to The New York Times.  

The US has long had a robust training program for Saudis, with 852 Saudi nationals currently in the country  training under the Pentagon’s security cooperation agreement.    

Saudi Arabia was not one of the seven countries included in President Trump’s 2017  ‘travel ban’   

The shooting marks a setback in Saudi Arabia’s efforts to shrug off its longstanding reputation for promoting religious extremism after the September 11, 2001 attacks in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis.

The hashtag ‘Saudis stand with America’ gained traction on social media after King Salman telephoned President Donald Trump to denounce the shooting as ‘heinous’ and pledge cooperation with American officials to investigate the incident.

The king added in the phone call on Friday that the shooter, who was gunned down by police, ‘does not represent the Saudi people’.

The family of the shooter echoed the same sentiment, with pro-government Okaz newspaper quoted one of his uncles, Saad al-Shamrani, as saying that his actions do not reflect the ‘humanity and loyalty of his family’ to the kingdom’s leadership.

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Nobel Prize winner says humanity must focus on 'blue sky research'

This year’s physics Nobel Prize winner has urged scientists to think outside the box for the future of scientific research.

Didier Queloz shared the Nobel Prize in physics for his part in discovering the first planet to exist in a star system outside our own.

But he warns that too much scientific research is currently focused on areas that only bear practical uses.

‘I’m very worried right now that there’s a lack of awareness of how blue sky research has changed our society,’ Professor Queloz tells Metro.co.uk.

Blue sky research is science where practical applications don’t readily present themselves.

Queloz adds: ‘There is at least one Nobel Prize result that’s led to mobile phones: imaging work [for screens], telling you where you are with GPS technology, downloading images.’

‘We should not lose this perspective.’

In recent years, U.K. research bodies have received criticism for requiring funding applications to include proposed economic impact.

Since Professor Queloz’ discovery in 1995, researchers have gone on to discover thousands of exoplanets, opening a vast new field of scientific research.

‘I think we are now in a situation which we can call the golden age of astrophysics,’ Professor Queloz told Metro.co.uk.

‘If you look in just the last five years, there have been two Nobel Prizes dealing with astrophysics results.’

‘Astrophysics has become a great lab to explore where we are and where we sit. 

‘It’s part of the very profound questions that as human beings we keep asking looking at nature and the sky.’

But, as Professor Queloz points out, many technologies that we take for granted today came about from earlier research without clear practical uses.

‘I’m a bit worried right now on this kind of emphasis of asking for impact, asking for direct returns,’ says Queloz.

He also points to restrictions in funding rules as a barrier to advancements in fields such as the search for extraterrestrial life.

‘The Victorian limitations of the funding system makes it very difficult for a chemist to apply for funding in astronomy or for astronomers to do something with chemistry,’ says Queloz.

‘There is a mentality switch that has to change.’

‘We are making a new field of research called looking for life, but it will need a new kind of funding awareness combining earth science, chemistry and astrophysics together.’

Without these sorts of collaborations and a push for outside the box thinking, Queloz says, we might hit roadblocks in scientific progress.

‘Science is about gambling, vision, and trying to push the boundaries,’ says Queloz.

‘You don’t push the boundaries if you don’t have vision. You don’t fly to the moon if you try to improve the steam engine.’

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Influencer Miroslava Duma says she was given seven months to live

Russian influencer and entrepreneur Miroslava Duma, 34, has revealed she has a ‘rare lung disease’ and was told she had seven months left to live.

The founder of Buro 24/7 has not named the specific disease with which she has been diagnosed, writing a powerful post on Instagram about how the illness has changed her perspective on life and existing online.

Miroslava wrote: ‘Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease, and given 7 months to live.

‘It was crazy scary then, but looking back, I realise that the past few months of recovery were possibly the happiest months of my entire life.’

The fashion editor explains that being diagnosed with lung disease made her realise how much she loves life and question the way she was living.

‘I suddenly stopped running the marathon and realized how much I love life, how beautiful our world is and how much I want to stay here,’ she wrote. ‘With the people I love.

‘For the first time in my life, I saw the bright blue of the skies. And the beautiful green of the trees. As if I had lived on a different planet before.

‘I wake up happy, just because I can spend one more day here. Not asking for more or trying to run faster.

‘My entire life I was seeking approval and obsessing over “likes” both in the physical and virtual worlds, without realizing that I actually had to learn how to “like” myself first.

‘Years of self-criticism and doubt, stress, dieting, physically, mentally and emotionally pushing and pushing myself got my immune system to collapse and I had made myself fatally sick.

‘I now realise that these past months were also the most creative months of my entire 34 years.

‘Yet success to me today is not measured by external indicators anymore, but by what’s inside. It is measured by my own health, and the health of those I love. It is measured by how I choose to contribute to the world.

‘For the past two years, the Universe caused me to experience a number of remarkably serendipitous events that sometimes felt surreal; like how a silly mistake, made by my lawyer, led me to an early diagnosis, and gave me a chance to live. I saw signs everywhere. As if someone was telling me: “don’t give up”.

‘Today I continue to follow my big dream, and genuinely believe it can help save our planet. No matter what. And against all odds. One day I hope I’ll be able to tell you all about it.

‘And most importantly: Thank you to all the wonderful people in my life, I love you with all my heart (and my lungs).’

Miroslava has not said what treatment she has received or shared her current prognosis, but does suggest she’s in recovery.

Her Instagram post has received comments from members of the fashion industry including Nina Garcia and Yiota Kouzoukas.

Miroslava first came to fashion fame by rising on the street style scene while doing freelance work for Vogue Russia and other publications.

In 2011 she founded her own lifestyle website, Buro 24/7, then in 2017 created Future Tech Lab, an investment company.

Last year Miroslava came under criticism for sharing a photo of a bouquet of flowers sent to her by designer Ulyana Sergeenko, which came with a note reading: ‘To my n*****s in Paris’.

Miroslava apologised at the time, writing: ‘I sincerely apologise for my regrettable Instagram story that went out

‘The phrase referenced is from a Kanye West and Jay-Z song by the same title. The word is utterly offensive, and I regret promoting it and am very sorry. I deeply respect people of all backgrounds and detest racism or discrimination of any kind.’

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