HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - A local Rabbi said the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh tears him up.
ABC Action News spoke to the rabbi off camera because of security concerns. He said he was celebrating Sabbath and did not learn about the tragedy until Saturday evening. He said when people celebrate the Sabbath, in a traditional manner, they stay away from technology; it’s a day of rest and prayer for 24 hours.
He said when he heard about the tragedy, there was immediate sorrow for the families and for the lives cut short. He said the tone during tomorrow’s congregation will be of sadness, anger, frustration, and fear, but he said they cannot allow terror from stopping them from living their lives.
Authorities said a gunman killed 11 people and injured several others who were gathered at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
ABC Action News checked with the Tampa Police Department. They told ABC Action News they have been in contact with the synagogues in the city. TPD said there aren’t any local threats. They also indicated it isn’t uncommon for a synagogue to hire off-duty officers.
ABC Action New learned in Pinellas County, a synagogue requested extra patrols in response to the shooting in Pittsburgh. The sheriff’s office added they have not received any local threats.