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LI officials, Cuomo express sadness at California massacre

A SWAT vehicle carries police officers near the

A SWAT vehicle carries police officers near the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Wednesday. Credit: AP / Micah Escamilla

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo expressed sadness at the San Bernardino shooting rampage Wednesday and said “it is well past time for federal gun control.”

“Too many innocent lives have been cut short, and yet Congress still has not been moved to act,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Here, we are all stunned and are once again calling for attention to the endless list of families who have buried their loved ones.”

The governor called gun violence “an injustice against the American people” and said “Washington’s failure to address it is appalling and inexcusable.”

Police said at least 14 people were killed and 17 injured by in the mass shooting on the grounds of a social services facility.

“It’s a tragedy,” said Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford). “It’s a horrible tragedy, absolutely.”

King said it was difficult to draw immediate conclusions because the motive for the attack was unclear.

“We don’t know if it’s terrorism. We don’t know if it’s a deranged person. We don’t know if it’s a hit — an organized crime hit — [or] whether it’s a disgruntled employee,” he said.

King, a co-sponsor of measures to boost funding for the national background check system and expand it to cover firearm sales at gun shows and over the Internet, said he doesn’t think the latest mass shooting will move Congress to pass tougher gun-control regulations.

“Based on what’s happened in the past — we had the shootings in Connecticut, we had the shootings in Colorado, we’ve had other mass shootings — and still Congress has not passed gun legislation,” King said. “So I’m not hopeful.”

In a statement, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of this devastating shooting.”

The massacre, he said, “highlights the importance of continuing Nassau County Police Department’s active shooter training program.”

Suffolk, Nassau and New York City police said they were monitoring the situation in California.

Mangano and acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter said there is a no direct threat to Nassau, but police “have intensified patrols and will stay vigilant in protecting our residents.”

Suffolk police said they will deploy officers as needed.

“Protecting Suffolk County and our nation is everyone’s responsibility. If you see something, say something,” the department said in a statement.

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