After all the hostages were rescued from a hostage situation at a synagogue near Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker said he was “so grateful to be alive.”
Rabbi Cytron-Walker was among the hostages and took to Facebook to express his gratitude to law enforcement and first responders, as well as thoughts and prayers.
“I am so grateful we made it,” he wrote. “I’m so grateful to be alive.”
Police and the FBI “have identified the suspect” but are “unprepared” to reveal his identity, an FBI official said at a news conference after the rescue.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted that all the hostages had been rescued Saturday night, and were “alive and safe.”
The hostages was trapped at the Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville.
According to the report, the suspect requested to speak on the phone with Aafia Siddiqui amid the ongoing hostage situation.
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The hostage-taker could be British
According to multiple reports, the hostage-taker is a British citizen.
Authorities have identified the suspect as dead, but have not released his identity.
Statement by President Biden, continued
“There is much more that we will learn in the coming days about the hostage-taker’s motives,” Biden said.
“But let me be clear to anyone who intends to sow hate – we will be against anti-Semitism and against the rise of extremism in this country.”
What did President Biden say?
After the hostages escaped, Biden said in a statement that he was “grateful for the tireless work of law enforcement at all levels, who acted cooperatively and fearlessly to rescue the hostage.”
“We are sending love and strength to members of the Beth Israel Congregation, Colleyville and the Jewish community.”
Call for gun control
One Twitter user said “we need gun control now!” to deal with the hostage situation in the synagogue.
Suspect ‘shoots dead’
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the synagogue hostage attacker was shot dead.
“U.S. Congressman Beth Van Duyne told Star-Telegram in a text message that the hostage-taker is dead,” the outlet said.
It is not yet known whether the suspect was shot by authorities, or shot himself.
Clergy by Clergy Cytron-Walker advocates
Chaplain Charlie Cytron-Walker is from Lansing, Michigan, and previously worked at Focus: HOPE, a civil and human rights organization in Detroit, Michigan.
He is also the assistant director of the Amherst Survival Center.
Rabbi graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 and also attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Religious Institute.
He was ordained a missionary in 2006.
Rabbi Cytron-Walker is the past president of the Southwest Association of Reformed Clergy and serves on the steering committee of Peace Together.
Who is Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker?
Chaplain Charlie Cytron-Walker is a missionary member at Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville, Texas.
He is the synagogue’s first full-time rabbi since 2006.
Was there a bomb at the Colleyville synagogue?
A source told ABC News that the Colleyville hostage-taker had “placed bombs at unknown locations.”
However, it is not clear where there may be explosives.
Investigators at the scene said the attacker had a backpack on him, and law enforcement treated the situation as if there were confirmed explosives at the scene.
NYPD deploys counter-terrorism team
According to NBC reporters, the New York Police Department has deployed its counterterrorism teams to synagogues in the city, including one that the suspect and rabbi were in in Colleyville. called in.
NBC’s Tom Winter said: “The Texas synagogue hostage-taker called another rabbi in New York City.
The NYPD deployed counterterrorism forces “in a state of extreme caution.”
NBC’s Myles Mill, based in New York City, says the NYPD is providing security for many synagogues.
The attack started during the live stream
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the attack on the Colleyville synagogue began while the services were being streamed live on Facebook.
The live recording is said to have captured muffled audio of what may have been negotiated with the police.
No video footage of the events inside the synagogue was streamed, but the suspect’s voice could be heard, as well as the sound of another voice appearing to be talking on the phone to the scene. close.
Beto O’Rourke makes a statement
Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke also made comments on Twitter.
“Send strength to Colleyville for another Texas community being tragically targeted by a gunman,” he wrote during the crisis.
In a follow-up tweet, he said, “I am thinking of Jewish communities across Texas on another horrible day. No one should fear for their safety in their place of worship.
“We must address anti-Semitism while urgently working to combat hatred, bigotry, and violence across America.”
Ted Cruz makes a statement
Ted Cruz took to Twitter with a statement about the hostage crisis in Colleyville.
“Heidi and I are praying for the people at Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville and for the SWAT team and all other law enforcement at the scene to respond,” he tweeted.
“My staff and I are closely monitoring the situation and are in close contact with local and national authorities.”
President Biden has been informed of the situation
Jen Psaki tweeted that President Biden was monitoring the situation in Colleyville.
“He will continue to receive updates from his senior team as the situation develops,” Psaki said.
“Senior members of the national security team are also in contact with federal law enforcement leadership.”
How long does the hostage situation last?
According to their schedule, the morning of the synagogue began around 10 a.m., which is around the time police said they received a call about the situation.
The hostage situation lasted nearly 12 hours.
What did Aafia Siddiqui’s family say?
Aafia Siddiqui, also known as “Lady Al Qaeda,” is serving an 86-year sentence in a federal prison near Fort Worth.
She is a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of having ties to Al Qaeda.
However, an attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, representing her brother, Muhammad, condemned the attack and said the family was working “to free their sister from detention.” by lawful and non-violent means.”
Assailant was ‘irritated’, ‘extremely distressed’
Texas resident Victoria Francis told the Associated Press she was able to watch an hour of the live stream taking place inside the synagogue.
“He was quite irritable and the more irritable he became, the more threats he would make, like, ‘I’m the bomb man. If you make a mistake, it’s all your fault. ‘ And he would laugh at that,” she told the outlet.
“He is clearly in a state of extreme distress.”
A spokesperson for Meta confirmed the livestream video had been removed from Facebook.
CAIR National released a statement
“Our Houston chapter has verified that Aafia Siddiqui’s brother was not the perpetrator of the Colleyville synagogue attack,” CAIR’s national office said on Twitter.
“Whoever the attacker is, he is committing a heinous act of evil.
“There is no justification or excuse for this dissident crime.
“We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community, and we pray that law enforcement frees the hostages quickly and safely.”
The hostage situation has nothing to do with Siddiqui’s family
In a statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Mohamed Siddiqui’s legal team explicitly stated that the Siddiqui family was not behind the Colleyville synagogue attack.
CAIR-Houston Council President John Floyd and legal counsel to Aafia’s brother have made it clear that the hostage-taker is not Mohamed Siddiqui.
Siddiqui “is not even in the same area where this terrible incident is taking place,” the statement read.
“We want the hostage taker to know that Dr Aafia Siddiqui and her family strongly condemn this act and are not on your side.
“This attacker has nothing to do with Dr Aafia, her family, or the global campaign to get Dr Aafia justice.
“On behalf of the family and Dr Aafia, we urge you to immediately release the hostages and turn yourselves in.
The CAIR-Houston offices have represented Mohamed Siddiqui since 2004.
What did the suspect say?
According to the report, The suspect asked to say with Aafia Siddiqui on the phone amid the ongoing hostage situation.
During a live stream from inside the synagogue, a man’s voice was heard talking, sometimes saying “do something” and sometimes shouting obscenities.
The man also mentioned having “six beautiful children.”
Where is the hostage now?
Officials said four worshipers were taken hostage at a synagogue on Saturday morning, all “alive and safe”.
They are being interviewed by FBI officials before they are released to their homes.
Where is the synagogue located?
Beth Israel Congregation is located at 6100 Pleasant Run in Colleyville, Texas.
An evacuation is underway to residents in the immediate vicinity.
Is Rabbi Cytron-Walker married?
Rabbi Cytron-Walker is married to Adena Cytron-Walker.
The couple has two daughters.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Adena served as a team manager at Destination Imagination for nearly seven years.
She also served as a teacher at Beth Israel Congregation for nine years.
Adena is co-author of the Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education: Meaningful Learning on Social Justice.
She is said to be the vice president of programs at the Multicultural Alliance, where she coordinates Camp CommUNITY, according to the company. website.
Colleyville police hold press conference
Colleyville Police held a press conference after addressing the hostage situation.
“The SWAT situation in Colleyville has been resolved and all hostages are safe. We continue to work with the FBI to finalize all details,” the police department tweeted.
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