Manchester YWCA Tightens Security After Supervised Visit Shooting

Aug 23, 2013

The Manchester YWCA is tightening its security measures after a shooting during a supervised visit earlier this month.

The YWCA says it will now use a metal detector on all non-custodial parents prior to supervised visits, and will have police on site during those visits, at least for the time being.

That’s according to the New Hampshire Union Leader, which obtained a memo detailing new security measures that took effect this week.

On Aug. 11, police say Muni Savyon shot and killed his son Joshua during a supervised visit and then shot and killed himself.

Manchester attorney David Bailinson represents Becky Ranes, the 9-year-old boy’s mother.

Bailinson had not seen the memo and says while the family welcomes enhanced security, they were shocked to find out such measures hadn’t been in place.

“Especially since they had a court order that a judge said he had previously made a threat to shoot his son and then himself. If that’s not the person that gets searched and has a metal detector every time, who would?”

He wouldn’t speculate as to whether a lawsuit could be filed against the YWCA, saying the focus now is working with lawmakers to ensure such safety precautions are mandatory.