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.
Following the shooting in PA, we are deploying heavy weapons teams as well as @NYPDCT & @NYPDSpecialops officers to houses of worship across the city. Currently, there is no nexus to NYC but we ask that you remain alert and If you see anything suspicious contact
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 27, 2018
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.