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Police Increase Patrols At Jewish Centers, Synagogues After Pittsburgh Mass Shooting

Police in Norwalk have increased patrols and security at synagogues of Norwalk’s Houses of Worship.
Police in Norwalk have increased patrols and security at synagogues of Norwalk’s Houses of Worship. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police

Police departments are increasing patrols around Jewish centers and synagogues after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday morning.

Eleven people were killed at Tree of Life Congregation in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh during a baby-naming ceremony.

Six were injured, including four police officers. The civilian injuries are described as critical, the injuries to the officers non-life threatening.

A suspect, identified as 46-year-old Pittsburgh resident Rob Bower, is in custody and is being hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. Bower made anti-Semitic comments during the incident, a law enforcement official told CNN. Bower was reportedly armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and several handguns.

Connecticut State Police said "in light of the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, we are increasing patrol checks at synagogues under immediate State Police jurisdiction."

"We are heartbroken by the horrific events that occurred in Pittsburgh this morning. We stand with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and Norwalk," Norwalk Police said early Saturday evening. "We have added security at Norwalk’s Synagogues and increased patrols at all of Norwalk’s Houses of Worship."

President Donald Trump spoke about the latest domestic terror incident in the U.S. on his way to two campaign rallies early Saturday afternoon.

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

The FBI is leading the investigation into the shooting.

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