Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Monday expressed sorrow at the news of a suspected nighttime terrorist attack in Berlin that left nine people dead and dozens injured.
A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market, and a person, reportedly the driver, was quickly arrested.
“Los Angeles stands with the people of Germany in their grief and sorrow following today’s horrific attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. We mourn those lives lost,” Garcetti said.
“This is a time of year where people everywhere — and of many faiths – — turn their focus to all that is good in our world, and recommit themselves to the love and understanding that lies at the core of our humanity,” Garcetti said.
“Inhumane and evil acts like today’s cowardly attack cannot be allowed to diminish our resolve to live those ideals,” he said. “And we will never abandon the values of brotherhood and sisterhood that the enemies of peace seek to take away.”
Officer Aareon Jefferson with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section said he was not aware if the department was going on a higher alert status or increasing patrols near outdoor markets as a result of the attack.
Deputy Chief Michael Downing with the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau could not be reached for immediate comment.
–City News Service