Long Islanders on alert after fatal anti-Semitic attack in GermanyPosted: Updated:
The news of an attack outside of a German synagogue on Yom Kippur reverberated on Long Island.
A heavily armed perpetrator tried to force his way in to a synagogue in eastern Germany Wednesday.
The suspect shot at the door of the synagogue as dozens of people observed the holy day. Authorities say the suspect didn't get inside, but he did fatally shoot two people nearby.
The suspect's rants about Jews during the attack were broadcast on the video platform Twitch. Germany's top security official says they must assume it was an anti-Semitic attack.
The Wednesday shooting follows attacks over the last year at synagogues around the U.S., as well as several incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism on the Island.
Both Nassau and Suffolk police departments say they had already increased patrols around synagogues and other religious institutions ahead of Yom Kippur.
Suffolk County police say, "While there is currently no credible threat to the residents of Suffolk County, the department will continue to work with its partners in law enforcement. The public should remain alert and aware."
Several synagogues have even hired private security to help keep worshipers safe.
Some observers in Plainview told News 12 their hope for the world is of peace, and that they will not be deterred by hate.
Police remind residents to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.
Police work to protect houses of worship in response to anti-Semitic attacks
Swastika, anti-Semitic words found at Jewish center in Searingtown
Anti-Defamation League: Anti-Semitic episodes up 96% this year in NY
- Some Nassau County villages are taking the fight against the deadly opioid epidemic to federal court.
- Police say three people were hit by a car in Syosset Wednesday afternoon.Police say three people were hit by a car in Syosset Wednesday afternoon.
- The Senate on Wednesday rejected a Democratic attempt to give relief to people hit hardest by new limits on how much of their state and local tax bill they can deduct from federal taxes.
- Nassau County is redoubling its efforts to repair its rockiest roads.Nassau County is redoubling its efforts to repair its rockiest roads.
- Halloween is just around the corner, and there's an innovative way to let people know that not all trick-or-treaters are the same.
- This week's dogs are up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption. The shelter is located at 646 Medford Ave. in Patchogue. Their phone number is (631) 627-3665.
- Heavy right and high winds swept through the tri-state area due to a large coast storm on the night of Oct. 16. Here are your photos from the storm.
- Are you and your family doing fun things this fall? Whether you're out apple or pumpkin picking, at a farm or corn maze or just hanging around in your home or yard, News 12 Long Island wants to see your Fall Fun pics!
- Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
- News 12's Stone Grissom is dishin' some fun T-shirts during his award-winning Dishin' Long Island segments! What fun shirt will he wear next?