Police step up patrols around Jewish-owned businesses following deadly shooting in NJPosted: Updated:
Authorities in Rockland County are ramping up patrols around Jewish-owned businesses in the Hudson Valley following Tuesday's deadly shooting in New Jersey.
Investigators in Jersey City say three innocent civilians and a police detective were killed in the shootout. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says CCTV shows shooters targeted their attack on people inside a kosher grocery store. Police have not confirmed that it was a targeted attack yet.
Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel tells News 12 his department is taking the New Jersey shooting seriously. They say they are stepping up patrols at synagogues, kosher markets and predominantly Jewish neighborhoods throughout the area. They say they have been in constant contact with authorities in Jersey City and have been monitoring news coming from the area.
Town Supervisor Michael Specht joined Weidel in trying to reassure the community they are doing everything they can to prevent a similar attack in Ramapo, which has already been rocked by several recent anti-Semitic acts.
The Rockland County Sheriff's Office and Spring Valley police also increased patrols.
Chief Weidel added they they will double down on security if authorities confirm the Jersey City shooting was motivated by anti-Semitism.
Local Hasidic spokesperson Yossi Gestetner says more security is the first step, but the community at large also needs to stop the spread of hate on social media. Reports indicate one of the Jersey City shooters posted anti-Jewish material.
Across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing state police to increase patrols near synagogues and Jewish establishments saying, "Anti-Semitism and violence against the Jewish community are on the rise both in our state and across the nation. We must stand united, be vigilant and stamp out this vile disease of hate wherever we see it."