Security Up At San Francisco Jewish Sites After Deadly Shooting In France

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco police increased patrols at synagogues and Jewish schools in the city Monday after a deadly shooting at a Jewish school in France.

Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his children ages 4 and 5, and a 7-year-old girl were killed by a gunman on a motorbike outside the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse on Monday morning in what French authorities described as the worst school shooting in the country’s history.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

French authorities raised the terrorism alert there to its highest level, and cities elsewhere also beefed up security at Jewish institutions in response to the killings.

San Francisco Police Department spokesman Albie Esparza emphasized the stepped up patrols were a precaution, since there have been no specific threats against any Jewish facilities in the city.

“In response to this attack overseas in France, the Police Department has increased patrols at Jewish schools, synagogues and neighborhoods in San Francisco citywide,” he said.

Esparza said the Police Department would evaluate on a daily basis whether the added security measures were necessary.

The New York City Police Department also increased patrols in Jewish neighborhoods, and at sites such as the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan, the Israeli Mission to the United Nations in midtown and the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side.

The person behind Monday’s attack may also be responsible for two other attacks in the Toulouse region that killed three paratroopers last week, said French President Nicolas Sarkozy. French authorities said the same weapons were used in all three attacks.

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