The Jewish community in Los Angeles and beyond is in shock after an incident on Wednesday night involving two separate shootings targeting Jewish men leaving a synagogue, sparking outrage and fear throughout the region. The suspect, who has been arrested in connection to the incidents, reportedly has “a history of animus towards the Jewish community,” leading many to believe that this was a hate crime.
Following the shootings near Shenandoah Street and Cashio Avenue, the LAPD tracked down the suspect to an area in Riverside County where he was taken into custody without incident along with evidence including a rifle and handgun recovered from him. The US attorney is taking on this case, filing federal charges for civil rights violations with regard to these attacks.
In response to this act of violence against their community, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has expressed deep concern regarding how targeted attacks such as these will impact their members’ sense of safety and security moving forward. To protect their members, they are advocating for increased police presence around Jewish places of worship, particularly over the weekend when attendance at religious services typically rises.
It’s clear that anti-Semitism still plagues our nation today; however, it’s also evident that many communities throughout the country are standing together in solidarity against such hatred and bigotry. As we strive to come together as one united nation to combat such violence from ever occurring again, it’s important now more than ever to recognize how interconnected we all truly are regardless of our backgrounds or beliefs.