According to authorities, a man who appeared to be targeting the Jewish community in Los Angeles has been apprehended. According to law enforcement officials, the guy who reportedly shot two men outside synagogues this week has a history of antipathy against the Jewish community, and the shootings are being investigated as hate crimes, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Jaime Tran, 28, is charged of killing two Jewish men as they left religious services at two different synagogues in the same primarily Jewish neighborhood, according to US Attorney Martin Estrada in a news release.
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The Los Angeles Police Department stated in a release that a “exhaustive” search for the culprit was initiated after the victims were shot separately in the city’s western Pico-Robertson neighborhood on Wednesday and Thursday, roughly three blocks apart.
One man was shot in the back on Wednesday morning, and another was shot in the arm two blocks away on Thursday. The suspect was described as a tall Asian man with a beard and a mustache.
According to Fox 11, both victims were shot from moving cars. “The neighborhood has been on edge over the last two days and continues to be on edge, even with the arrest of a suspect,” Ariella Loewenstein, deputy regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Los Angeles, said after the suspect was apprehended in Riverside County.
“It’s always terrible when a community is attacked because of who they are—in this case, who they worship and being Jewish.” Police and community organizations have increased patrols near places of worship. “I want to be clear: anti-Semitism and hate crimes have no place in our city or in our country,” Mayor Karen Bass said in a tweet. “Those who indulge in either will be apprehended and fully held accountable.”
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