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SDPD provides extra patrols near local synagogues

SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego Police Department official said police are monitoring local synagogues after a shooting at a Pittsburgh temple left multiple people dead and injured Saturday.

"We are monitoring the situation in Pittsburgh and communicating with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. At this time, there is nothing to indicate a connection to San Diego. However, in an abundance of caution, you will see extra patrols at houses or worship," said Chief David Nisleit in a tweet.

"We are aware of the incident in Pittsburgh," San Diego Police Sgt. Robert Hawkins said. "We don't have any details, but in the meantime, we will be providing extra patrols and as officers have time they will be driving by all the local synagogues."

Several police were seen patrolling around synagogues in La Jolla. Increased security was also present at Congregation Beth El during there Shabbat celebration Saturday evening.

That's where FOX 5 spoke to Michael Jeser, the president of the San Diego Jewish Federation. He said his community will mourn but will not be afraid.

"This too shall pass," Jeser said. "We should still express our sadness and our grief, but we are in the greatest country in the world where we can express our Judaism."

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