New York increases security in synagogues after shooting in California

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    New York increases security in synagogues after shooting in California The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, speaks on Monday, July 23, 2018, during a press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. EFE / Archive

     New York, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday ordered police to increase vigilance in synagogues and houses of prayer after Saturday’s shooting in a synagogue in California that left one dead and three wounded.

    “New York cries for the families of the victims and the wounded in the horrendous shooting,” Cuomo said in a statement.
    “As a precaution, I have ordered the state police to increase security in the synagogues and houses of prayer throughout the state,” the governor said.

    The shooting occurred in a synagogue in the US town of Poway, 30 kilometers north of San Diego, on the last day of Passover.

    Cuomo recalled that the shooting occurred six months after the first anniversary of another shooting in a synagogue in the city of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, United States) that left eleven dead.

    “Six months after the most lethal anti-Semitic attack in the history of our nation, on the last day of the Jewish Passover we are facing another devastating attack in a synagogue, a sacred place of worship,” he lamented.

    “We must unite during these worrying times to eradicate hatred in all its forms and show the nation that we will never be divided by these despicable acts of violence,” he said, adding that New York is “shoulder to shoulder” with the Jewish community and the people of all beliefs.

    The alleged gunman was identified as John Earnest, a 19-year-old white man, who wrote an anti-Semitic manifesto on social networks in which he acknowledges that he was inspired by the massacre perpetrated on March 15 in New Zealand, which occurred in the past. month.

    A total of 50 people were killed and as many wounded when a white supremacist shot at people who were in two mosques.

    The author of this massacre, identified as Brenton Tarrant, 28 years old, had published a manifesto on social networks with pejorative qualifications against Muslims. (EFEUSA)

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