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Local authorities respond to New Zealand mosque shooting

Local authorities respond to New Zealand mosque shooting Photo: KSTP

March 15, 2019 04:02 PM

After Friday's mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques, the St. Paul Police Department says it plans to make more visits to mosques and the neighborhoods surrounding them. 

"We want our Muslim family members, friends and neighbors to know that we'll do everything possible to keep you safe and secure in the city we share," a statement from the department read. 

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The statement went on to say, "We are stronger when we stand together, and together we'll send the powerful message that all are welcome in Saint Paul."

The U.S. Attorney's Office also issued a statement Friday afternoon.

"United, we must condemn all acts of violence fueled by hatred, bigotry, and intolerance. My commitment to freedom and safety for all of our faith communities and houses of worship is unwavering. This is a sad day and we are grieving with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand," U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said in a statement. 

RELATED: Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49; 1 man charged

At least 49 people were killed in the mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers.

One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack. Police also defused explosive devices in a car.

Two other people were being held in custody and police said they were trying to determine how they might be involved.

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