A New Jersey man was arrested Saturday in connection with the deadly shooting in Jersey City last week that left four people dead — after investigators found his phone number tucked in the pocket of one of the two gunmen who opened fire on the Jewish market.
Ahmed A-Hady, 35, of Keyport, was taken into custody by FBI agents and charged with possessing a firearm while being a previously convicted felon, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey said in a news release.
Two suspected shooters — David Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50 — killed four people on Tuesday, according to officials who have described the attack as an anti-Semitic hate crime that is now being investigated as domestic terrorism, and they were both found dead after an hours-long shootout with police.
In Anderson's back pants pocket, law enforcement found "a handwritten note" that contained a phone number and address in Keyport, N.J., a town roughly 35 miles south of Jersey City, that ultimately led investigators to A-Hady. The phone number was his and the address was that of a pawnshop storefront.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said A-Hady was found to have purchased Smith and Wesson .45-caliber and .44-caliber firearms in 2007 following a conviction for attempting to obtain a controlled dangerous substance or analog by fraud in 2012. Because of that conviction, he was banned from owning firearms.
Inside a safe at the pawnshop on Friday night, investigators found three weapons, including the .44-caliber handgun, and recovered six rifles — including three AR-15-style rifles — three handguns and a shotgun. Authorities also recovered 400 rounds of ammunition, including "a large number of hollow-point bullets."
A-Hady's relationship with the shooters was not immediately clear.
Investigators said Anderson and Graham, who appear to have acted alone even though they had expressed interest in the Black Hebrew Israelites, a fringe religious group that often disparages whites and Jews, killed Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals at a cemetery when he reportedly recognized the two as suspects wanted in the December 7 murder of an Uber driver.
Anderson and Graham also killed Mindy Ferencz, who co-owned the JC Kosher Supermarket, Moshe Deutsch, who was buying a sandwich at the market, and Douglas Rodriguez, who was an employee at the store.