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State police patrols increased on Beacon Hill after Virginia shooting


The Massachusetts State House will have increased security presence following the shooting in Virginia on Wednesday morning. Advertisement

A congressman and two Capitol Police officers were shot when a gunman opened fire at the Republican congressional baseball team’s practice in Alexandria, Virginia, police said. Increased police patrols have been added as a precaution, and there is no known threat to Massachusetts, State Police said.

The precautions come several days before thousands converge on the city ahead of Sail Boston. Federal government analysts have given Sail Boston a “level one” security risk rating. That is the highest rating possible that is only given to events such as the Super Bowl. Thousands of State Police, Coast Guard, and Boston police personnel will be monitoring security during Sail Boston.

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