Jewish Leaders in Indianapolis say they have asked police about an increased presence at local synagogue after a hate crime shooting Saturday near San Diego.
“We just have to be vigilant whether it is a Tuesday or a Saturday whether it is near a Jewish holiday or not. It is a difficult moment and every one of our synagogues and organizations and institutions is obviously on higher alert as we need to be,” said Lindsey Mintz, director of theIndianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council.
The Indianapolis JCRC released this statement on their website:
“The Indianapolis JCRC, Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, and the entire central Indiana Jewish community is shocked and appalled to learn of the shooting at Chabad of Poway near San Diego, California. We express our deepest condolences to the family friends and entire greater San Diego Jewish community. One woman is confirmed dead, in addition three other people were injured. We are communicating closely with Indianapolis and Carmel Police to make sure our local agencies and synagogues have increased protection.”
One woman was killed and three others were injured when a man stormed into a synagogue in Poway, California with a rifle. A suspect, 19-year-old John Earnest, was arrested a short distance from the scene.
The shooting Saturday follows suicide bombings that killed 250 people during Easter Sunday Services in Sri Lanka. And weeks after a gunman killed 49 people at synagogues in New Zealand. And exactly 6 months from when 11 people were killed at a mosque in Pittsburgh.
“It certainly doesn’t get easier with each one of these happening, but this is the reality of the moment right now,” said Mintz
She says her offices have been in contact with police in Indianapolis and Carmel for extra security.
“Without a doubt, synagogues and mosques and temples need security today in a way that we didn’t just a few years ago,” said Mintz.