Shots fired in Albany, New York :Police say a 28-year-old suspect fired multiple shots outside a synagogue just hours before the first night of Hanukkah. The synagogue’s preschool was placed under temporary lockdown.
A developing Story in upstate New York tonight on this first night of Hanukkah, the alarming scene when shots were fired outside a synagogue in Albany. Preschoolers were still inside.
Tonight, State police and the National Guard have been put on alert. Here’s our senior investigative correspondent Aaron Katersky. Police said shots were fired outside Temple Israel and Albany around 2:00 in the afternoon.
Just hours before the start of Hanukkah, the Synagogues preschool was in session and put on lockdown. The suspect is a 28 year old local resident who was walking around outside the synagogue acting very suspicious. According to witnesses, he fired off around from a shotgun while making threatening statements. Nobody was hurt.
the shooter taken into custody. We were told by responding officers that he made a comment. Free Palestine Since the October 7th start of the Israel Hamas war, law enforcement agencies have warned of a spike in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic crimes in the US. This is not a time for panic. But it is a time for vigilance, and people should make no mistake that we are in a more dangerous time than we’ve been in a while.
A guy screaming “Free Palestine” fired multiple bullets at a synagogue in New York on the first night of Chanukah, according to the Albany Police Chief.— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) December 8, 2023
No one was injured, luckily.https://t.co/R6rDFOw46U
Just yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security issued these safety guidelines for synagogues and mosques, warning the threat of violence from individuals radicalized in the United States will remain high, marked by lone offenders or small group attacks that occur with little warning.
Police believe the Albany suspect is emotionally disturbed, has a lengthy criminal history and was acting alone tonight. David, the authorities are deciding whether the shooting should be charged as a hate crime. David. Alright. Aaron Katersky in New York for us. Aaron, thank you. Hi everyone. George Stephanopoulos here.