NEW YORK(CBSNewYork/AP) –Authorities around the New York area have stepped up security in the wake of shootings that took place at a Jewish community center and retirement community.
Nassau County police increased the already intensified patrols around religious places of worship for the Passover and Easter holidays, following a shooting at a Jewish center in Kansas.
There were no known threats to Nassau County religious institutions on Sunday, authorities said.
The NYPD said that it would continue to deploy additional resources to synagogues, Jewish neighborhoods, and other potentially sensitive locations during the religious holiday.
Authorities say three people died in a shooting at a Jewish community center and retirement community, and two were shot at but not injured.
Family members have identified two of the three people killed in attacks at Jewish-affiliated facilities near Kansas City as a man and his 14-year-old grandson.
Will Corporon issued a statement saying his father, Dr. William Lewis Corporan, and nephew, Reat Griffin Underwood, were killed in Sunday’s attack.
Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a news conference Sunday that the person who had been reported to be in critical condition was one of the three dead.
Douglass said shots were fired behind the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in a parking lot, and two males died. Shots were reported minutes later at the Village Shalom retirement community, where one female died.
Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, was taken into custody in connection with the incident, CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported. Miller is believed to be a former KKK Grand Dragon. There were reports that he shouted anti-Semitic slurs.
On Sunday Afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo offered his thoughts and prayers those affected by the shooting.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the shootings that took place earlier today at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom. On the eve of Passover, New Yorkers stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Kansas City, mourning those who were lost and wishing a speedy recovery to those who were injured as a result of today’s tragic events,” the governor said in a statement.
Mayor Bill De Blasio offered his condolences as well.
“On behalf of New York City, we’d like to offer condolences as well as our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the tragic incident this afternoon in the greater Kansas City area, as well as their families and the entire Jewish community. The NYPD is taking all steps to ensure the safety and security of Jewish individuals and institutions as Passover is being ushered in,” the mayor said.
De Blasio added that the NYPD would be taking all steps to ensure the safety of Jewish individuals and institutions in the city.
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