A suspect is being investigated for a possible hate crime in Los Angeles following the shootings of two Orthodox Jews in two separate incidents.
KTLA5 reports the name of the suspect has not been released, but he is described as an Asian man with a mustache and goatee.
“Our community is shaken to its core,” by the two shootings, Beit El Synagogue said to CNN. “But we are strong and united.” One of the victims is reportedly from Beit El.
The first shooting happened Wednesday when a man drove by and fired two shots.
The very next day just several blocks away in the same Pico-Robertson neighborhood, a man drove up and shot another victim from inside a car.
Fox11 reports police took the suspect into custody in Riverside County Thursday night. Investigators confiscated a rifle and a handgun.
Both victims are expected to survive. Both shootings are being investigated as possible hate crimes.
“They didn’t stop them to get their wallet, there was no struggle, the guy just came out of the bushes, shot my friend and ran away,” said resident Vivian Eisenstadt to ABC7. “What other reasoning could you have?”
The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles says the suspect has a negative history with its community.
“We have also learned that the suspect has a history of animus towards the Jewish community and these incidents will be treated as hate crimes,” it said.
“These attacks against members of our Jewish community in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood are absolutely unacceptable,” Mayor Karen Bass said in a statement. “At a time of increased anti-Semitism, these acts have understandably set communities on edge. Just last December, I stood blocks away from where these incidents occurred as we celebrated the first night of Hanukkah together.”
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