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Increased security at LI houses of worship after synagogue shooting

Long Island, New York City and state law enforcement officials increased security measures Saturday and Sunday to protect houses of worship after four people were shot — one fatally — inside a San Diego-area synagogue where many were celebrating the ending of Passover.

A 19-year-old man surrendered to police in connection with the 11:30 a.m. Saturday shooting at the Chabad of Poway, authorities said.

“The Suffolk County Police Department is monitoring the details emerging following the shooting that occurred today,” the department said in a statement Saturday. “While there are currently no credible threats to any religious institutions in our jurisdiction, we will maintain a vigilant patrol presence at and around houses of worship.”

Nassau County police, in a statement, said, “Although there are no known imminent threats to Nassau County, the Police Department Intelligence Division is working closely with federal, state and local partners to monitor the situation. 

“The Nassau County Police Department has intensified patrols around all religious institutions in an abundance of caution.”

The shooting came exactly six months after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

“The NYPD is closely monitoring events outside of San Diego. At this time there is no known nexus to New York City. Out of abundance of caution the NYPD continues its increased patrols and presence at houses of worship and other sensitive locations around the city,” the NYPD said in a statement. “The NYPD is also currently maintaining an enhanced posture at Jewish locations for Passover.”

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo also directed State Police to increase security at synagogues and houses of worship.

"We must come together during this troubling time to root out hate in all its forms and show the nation we will never be divided by these despicable acts of violence," Cuomo said in a statement Sunday.

With AP

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