Heavy gunfire reported in Jersey City neighborhood

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Law enforcement responded to a shooting in Jersey City, New Jersey this afternoon, with at least one officer reportedly shot during the standoff.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said an officer had been pronounced dead at a hospital and others people were found dead at the scene, without specifying how many.

ABC News reports the convenience store is on Martin Luther King Drive. SWAT teams, state police and federal agents responded to the scene, and police blocked off the area, which, in addition to the school, has some stores, a kosher supermarket and a hair stylist. It is believed that a third individual may also have been shot inside that store as well.

Jersey City is just across the Hudson River from New York City.

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Authorities tell WPIX the suspect fired shots from Bay View Cemetery before running into a nearby bodega.

A WNBC reporter this afternoon said they heard gunshots "for about ten minutes straight" and that law enforcement sources said one officer was shot in the head and is now in critical condition.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office (HCPO), at least one of the policemen died, and three more people were injured in the standoff - another two officers and a civilian.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement that he'd been briefed on the active shooter situation and that he had "every confidence" in law enforcement personnel. It's like firecrackers going off.

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A police officer has been shot, according to New Jersey State Police.

Jersey City Medical Center has also been put on lockdown to protect patients, families and employees in response to the active situation. "The cops were clearing everyone off the streets", said Patel.

Students were also on lockdown in the Sacred Heart School, a pre-K through 8th grade Catholic school on Bayview Avenue close to the shooting site, church officials said.

Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and was monitoring the situation, CNN reported.

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