North Jersey towns step up security after Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

North Jersey towns are stepping up security and being more vigilant after a mass shooting killed eight and injured many at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.

A man has been taken into custody after multiple people were shot at Tree of Life synagogue,including three police officers.   

Pittsburgh television station KDKA-TV and NBC reported that eight people have been killed and a number of others injured at  the synagogue. A male suspect has surrendered to police and three police officers were also reportedly shot, according to KDKA-TV.

The gunman walked into the building and yelled “All Jews must die!” then began shooting congregants, according to the news station.

Stepping up security

Teaneck police has increased their routine checks on all houses of worship today after reports of the shooting.

In addition to adding more checks, police went to each Jewish house of worship to personally tell them of the the shooting, Lt. Douglas Alcott said.

Saturday is the Sabbath, a day where many who practice the Jewish religion don’t use phones or watch television. There is also a considerable number of Jewish houses of worship in Teaneck.

“We went to each place in person to make sure they were aware of what was happening,” Alcott said. “We will be extra vigilant today.”

Tenafly and Ridgewood police are also doing extra checks around their houses of worships today.

In Tenafly, police are using the manpower they have to drive around and do extra security checks, Lt. Ralph Lawrance said.

“We are definitely making our presence known today,” a Ridgewood officer said.

The towns follow others that have deployed extra security since the shooting was reported. The New York police department has also deployed heavy weapon teams and special operations officers to houses of worship across the city.

President Donald Trump said at a press conference at Andrews Air Force Base, he would also like to see more armed guards at synagogues and other places of worship.

“It’s a terrible, terrible thing what’s going on with hate in our country and, frankly, all over the world,” Trump said. “Something has to be done.”

Rick Jervis and Sean Rossman of USA Today contributed reporting to this article.

5 thoughts on “North Jersey towns step up security after Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

  1. Well, they’re saying 11 dead (nice usage of double numbers), but I am sure the official death toll will eventually be six gorillian. Never forget the eleventy six gorillian holocausted in Pittsburgh!

    I can’t wait for the personal stories, real or fake. In THEIR mind it will be true, regardless of reality.

    And then there’s this rich “benevolent” bunch of filth:


      For above. .phone wouldn’t let me attach it properly to above comment without pasting over my first sentence, but I guess it makes sense. It has the word “Hebrew” in it so clearly it must take precedence over anything that could come from me as a goy.

      1. Wow, quite a find, Martist. I was not aware of this particular organization, and from 1881. Interesting date.

        Here’s their blurb:

        HIAS Statement on Pittsburgh Tragedy

        Oct 27, 2018

        SILVER SPRING, Md.–In response to the tragedy in Pittsburgh today, HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, issued the following statement:

        “There are no words to express how devastated we are by the events in Pittsburgh this morning. This loss is our loss, and our thoughts are with Tree of Life Congregation, our local partner Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) of Pittsburgh, the city of Pittsburgh and all those affected by this senseless act of violence. As we try to process this horrifying tragedy, we pray that the American Jewish community and the country can find healing.”

        As one of the nine national refugee resettlement agencies, HIAS partners with the United States government to resettle refugees as part of the U.S. refugee admissions program. Founded in 1881 as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom. Guided by Jewish values and history, HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are.


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