MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Law enforcement patrols will be increased throughout Morris County following the active shooter incident that occurred Saturday morning at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr.
At The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, an active shooter killed eleven people and injured a number of others. Four members of law enforcement were shot while responding to the scene. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is leading this investigation, and has deemed it a hate crime, Knapp said.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp stated, “There is no place in our world for crimes against any individuals based upon their religion, race, ethnic group or gender. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office sends our thoughts and prayers to those affected by this horrible crime. Although we do not believe there is any direct threat to Morris County, Chief Wilson and I have coordinated efforts across our county to ensure that all houses of worship will receive an increased law enforcement presence in the coming weeks. As it always does, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to work with our local, county, and federal partners to ensure that all of our critical infrastructure in Morris County is well patrolled and protected.”.
Any suspicious activity witnessed by the public can and should be reported to the Morris County Communications Center at 973-285-2900 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Homeland Security Unit at 973-829-8596. If immediate assistance is required call 911.