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Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo responds to synogogue shooting

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Posted at 11:44 AM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 11:44:47-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo (JCC) is responding to the synogogue shooting that took place in California over the weekend.

In an email sent out to members, the executive director of JCC says they are heartbroken and upset about the shooting.

"We too are heartbroken and angry about the racist and hateful shooting and murder that took place in San Diego this past weekend. Our prayers and sympathies are with the victims and their families."

The JCC have taken a series of additional security measures, according to the email.

The email also asks members to not hold the door open to those who have not been scanned into the facility.

"If you have any suspicions regarding unusual activity, unfamiliar faces or other items of concern please tell us. Front desk staff, floor staff, supervisors and others are trained to relay information to appropriate management who will continue to work with law enforcement agencies."

Back in November, Buffalo Police performed a sweep of Temple Beth Zion and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. Police told 7 Eyewitness News that there was no direct threat to the buildings, but something concerned them enough to necessitate a response.

A gunman walked into a synagogue Saturday afternoon in Poway, California killing one person.

The suspected shooter, 19-year-old John Earnest, was arrested Saturday afternoon before being booked into San Diego Central Jail.