The director of the Anti-Defamation League, a US-based non-profit organization that combats antisemitism, called for vigilance in securing synagogues and Jewish institutions following the hostage situation in Texas.
"This situation is a painful reminder of the fact that synagogues in America continue to be at risk for terrorist attacks," said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the organization's CEO and national director.
Greenblatt added that the organization urged "continued vigilance in securing synagogues and all Jewish institutions."
"The risks remain high in light of the historic level of antisemitism across the country and the proliferation of anti-Jewish hate online," he said.
He also thanked authorities for their work in safely bringing out all hostages.
What officials have said: Earlier in the day, law enforcement officials say investigators believe the suspect may have been motivated by a desire to free Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year sentence at a facility in Texas.
At a news conference tonight, FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno said authorities are still investigating the suspect's motive, but believe "he was singularly focused on one issue, and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community."