Man threatens to shoot up Miami synagogue

Police ask for public's help in locating man who threatened mass shooting in local synagogue.



Police have called on the public in the Miami-Dade area to help locate a man who threatened to shoot up a local synagogue.

Miami-Dade Police identified the man as Steven H. Brooks. A flyer distributed by police asking the public for information about his whereabouts said he “made verbal threats to shoot with an Uzi and kill everyone at the Beit David Highland Lakes Shul Synagogue.”

He last made a threat on Aug. 14 and has been warned about trespassing near the synagogue two times.

The poster also said that “Subject Brooks stated that he only has six months to live and does not care if he gets arrested.”

The poster stresses that “no probably cause exist” for his arrest. Despite the fact that he has not been charged with a crime, police are concerned enough to alert the community and nearby synagogues, WSVN Channel 7 news reported.

The synagogue’s rabbi, Eliezer Wolf, said in a statement: “Together with many other shuls and rabbis in the area, I am thankful to the MDPD for their support in protecting our communities. We are in close contact with a security firm we use … at the shul, as well the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.”

There have been no reports as to why the man chose to threaten a synagogue.