Jewish Man Shot Twice From Passing Vehicle After Leaving Synagogue in Los Angeles
February 16, 2023
A Jewish man was shot twice on Wednesday while walking to his car following morning services at a synagogue in Los Angeles, California, the Forward reported.
The victim — who was wearing a kippah at the time of the incident — was transported to a hospital, where he was treated and released later in the day.
The Pico-Robertson neighborhood where the shooting occurred is home to a large Orthodox Jewish population.
The suspect was reported to be a middle-aged Asian male with a goatee, who opened fire while driving a vehicle near the intersection of Shenandoah Street and Cashio Avenue at around 10 AM local time.
No arrests have been made, and it was not clear whether the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was investigating the shooting as a potential hate crime.
In 2021, Jews were the most-targeted group for religion-based hate crimes in Los Angeles County, according to a Los Angeles County Commission report.
In California as a whole, there was a 32.2% increase in “anti-Jewish bias events” in 2021, data compiled by the state government showed.