Los Angeles Police Department officials said the LAPD is following the situation in Pittsburgh, where a shooting at a synagogue Saturday has resulted in multiple fatalities and the arrest of the alleged shooter.
“Currently, we are monitoring the situation in Pittsburgh,” said Officer Greg Kraft of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section, who added that police would also monitor Los Angeles’ many synagogues. “We do have patrols currently going, within our divisions.”
A short time later the LAPD tweeted: “We are monitoring the situation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania very closely and communicating with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. Right now there is no apparent connection to Los Angeles.”
“However, out of an abundance of caution you will see extra patrols around houses of worship today. Remember if you see something…say something.”
LAPD Chief Michel Moore later tweeted: “We are closely monitoring the horrific attack in Pennsylvania at a #Pittsburgh synagogue this morning and are proactively working to ensure places of worship throughout LA are safe. The thoughts and prayers of the LAPD are with all who have been tragically affected.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell sent out this tweet:
“We and our regional partners at the Joint Regional Intel Center are monitoring Pittsburgh #synagogueshooting very closely. #LASD captains are briefed, planning extra patrols and reaching out to our faith communities. Pls follow @LASDHQ for updates.”
Pasadena Police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said there will be extra patrols at the city’s lone synagogue and that she has reached out to the synagogue’s rabbi, leaving him with her contact information.
Santa Monica Police Lt. Saul Rodriguez said the department is in the process of making periodical checks at their city’s synagogues and that the department has reached out to the area rabbis.
“We’re going to make sure that we’re (the police department) available to the congregations,” Rodriguez said.
Chris Togneri, a spokesman for the Pittsburgh police department, said that three officers had been shot and that the suspect was in custody.
The suspected Pittsburgh shooter was identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers. He’s believed to have made anti-Jewish comments during the shooting, which unfolded on a Shabbat morning at the Tree of Life synagogue.