AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Friday that officers will be increasing their patrols around mosques following a shooting in New Zealand.
At least 49 people were shot to death at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand during midday prayers. According to the Associated Press, most if not all of them were killed by an immigrant-hating white supremacist who broadcasted live video of the shooting on Facebook.
According to AP, one man has been arrested and charged with murder and two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police try to determine what, if any, role they played in the attack.
In a statement Friday, Chief Manley said:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all victims, families and community involved in the horrific events that took place in New Zealand. Anytime a community is attacked, it affects our world as a whole. In response to this tragedy, the Austin Police Department will have an increased patrol presence around the mosques throughout our city."
Chief Manley said if people see suspicious behavior or activity, they should call 9-1-1.