A "Homeland Security Authority security expert" only visited the Pittsburgh Synagogue in March, where 11 people were gunned down for clues to active shooting scenarios, said Kirstenjen Nielsen, head of the department, on Sunday.
We made a site visit with our security adviser in the area, "she told Fox News on Sunday." We often do that. "
" We believe that the best way is to help communities to support their efforts in terms of protecting them from being there on the ground, listening to them, theirs She said the consultant visited the Tree of Life synagogue at Squirrel Hill and she stressed the need for safety training at soft target locations
"Every single location, every single event is slightly different and that's why planning and training is so important, "said Nielsen," in such cases it's rarely time to rethink roles and responsibilities; The reaction has to be automatic, and here are the exercises and the workshops that we do. "Homeland Security has taught more than 900,000 officials across the country about similar situations." She noted the difficulty of responding to the mass shootings
"In some cases, the Council is on-the-spot to protect some Duly evacuated depends on the circumstances, "she said.
Robert Bowers faces hate crimes charges as well as a slew of federal and state counts after he stormed into the church on Saturday and fatally shot 1
Police arrested him shortly after the start of the rampage.
Nielsen condemned the attack as a "mere act of evil."
"You heard this yesterday from the President and Vice President, that's it. We all condemn this in the strongest possible way, "she said.