POLICE NOW SAY SHOOTINGS APPEAR TO BE RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE
Synagogue congregants huddle at the scene in Los Angeles where a gunman shot and wounded two men in the parking garage of a North Hollywood synagogue early Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. Jewish schools and temples were put on alert in case it was not a lone attack, authorites said.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Los Angeles police say a shooting that wounded two men at a North Hollywood synagogue appears to be a random act of violence, but they’re still urging Jewish schools and temples to stay alert.
The shooting occurred at 6:19 a.m. Thursday at the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sepharic Synagogue in the 12000 block of Sylvan Street.
Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Synagogue
According to a police statement, a man with a handgun entered the synagogue and shot two people in the leg.
LAPD officials have alerted other synagogues around Los Angeles about the shooting, and police have stepped up patrols at Jewish religious institutions.
The sources said detectives are trying to determine the motive, and whether the gunman acted alone or as part of a larger group.
The victims, both Jewish, were transported to a local hospital in stable condition, officials said. It’s believed the men, said to be in their 30s, were shot as they arrived at the temple for morning prayers.
The suspect was described only as a black man.
Police were later seen detaining a young man matching the suspect’s description about one mile away from the crime scene.
The synagogue is located next to an elementary school. It was not immediately known whether the suspect search affected the school.
The attack occurred 10 miles away from a 1999 shooting at a Jewish community center where white supremacist Buford Furrow wounded three children, a teenager and an adult. He later killed a letter carrier.
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