The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced they will conduct patrols around houses of worship in response to Saturday’s fatal shooting at a synagogue in San Diego County.
“We’re closely monitoring the synagogue shooting in Poway and communicating with our local, state and federal partners,” the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted.
“At this time there’s no nexus to Los Angeles, but in an abundance of caution, we will conduct high visibility patrols around synagogues and other houses of worship.”
Sheriff Alex Villanueva tweeted that while “there are no credible threats found/confirmed within” Los Angeles County, all sheriff’s stations “have been directed to conduct additional patrol checks of the religious facilities within their respective patrol areas until further notice.”
One person was killed and three more were injured in the shooting at Congregation Chabad in the suburb north of San Diego. A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the shooting with an assault rifle.
Saturday is the final day of Passover. It’s also the six-month anniversary of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, during which 11 people were killed in the deadliest attack against the Jewish community on U.S. soil.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that he was “grieving with our friends in Poway after today’s awful tragedy.”
“Places of worship are sacred and should be free from violence, threats, and fear,” Garcetti tweeted.
The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization that combats hate and anti-Semitism around the world, released the following statement:
“This tragic attack, on the last day of Passover, is a horrific reminder that the flames of hatred still burn strong among some. An attack, on any house of worship, from churches in Sri Lanka and France to synagogues in Jerusalem or Pittsburgh to mosques in Christchurch, are an assault on human dignity and our rights as people of faith to pray to God.
“Today’s attack comes close to six months after October’s Pittsburgh synagogue massacre where 11 Jews were gunned down by a neo-Nazi white supremacist. There have been at least three other attacks on synagogues — in Ohio, Georgia and Montana — that were thwarted by authorities since then.”