Two shot at California synagogue
(JTA) -- Two people were shot in the legs in the parking lot of a synagogue in North Hollywood, Calif.
Los Angeles Police said the African-American suspect approached a man entering the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Synagogue for morning prayers at approximately 6:20 a.m. Thursday, according to media reports. The assailant shot that man in the leg with a handgun, then fired again and hit another man in the garage. The synagogue is located in the San Fernando Valley's Orthodox community.
The victims, both Jewish, were reported to be in stable condition after being transported to a local hospital.
A man was detained near the facility shortly after the shooting, but police now say they don't believe he was involved in the crime.
Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, and the Los Angeles Police Department has stepped up patrols around city Jewish institutions. The Secure Community Network, the national network coordinating security for the Jewish community, said it was urging Jewish institutions to remain vigilant and revisit the security procedures they have in place until more information about the incident is known.