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Governor Cuomo releases statement on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

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Posted at 2:18 PM, Oct 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-27 14:18:23-04

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement on the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh Saturday, directing State Police to increase their security presence around Jewish centers and houses of worship across the state. 

"The New York family grieves for those who were killed and prays for those who were injured in this heinous and horrific mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. 
 
"While the nation awaits further details of what occurred, initial reports suggest that this senseless act of gun violence was an anti-Semitic attack and we stand together with the Jewish community in this difficult time as we always have before. As a precaution, I have directed State Police to increase patrols around Jewish centers and houses of worship across the state. 
 
"We, as a nation, must stand together and stand against the corrosive and destructive forces of hate in all of its forms." 

Police continue to investigate the shooting, the suspected gunman has been identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, according to law enforcement officials.

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