Two Different Jewish Men Shot in 24 Hours in Los Angeles Leaving Synagogues in Pico Robertson. Suspect in Custody
Suspect Now in Custody; LAPD Believes Unnamed Suspect is Responsible for Both Incidents
February 17, 2023
Update 9:30 PM PST (AP) A person was taken into custody Thursday in connection with the shootings of two Jewish men outside synagogues in Los Angeles this week, police said.
The violence set off fear among the city's Jewish community as police increased patrols around houses of worship and officials decried the attacks.
The two separate shootings occurred after the men left synagogues in the city's Pico-Robertson neighborhood, according to the Anti-Defamation League's Southern California branch. Both men survived.
“This is a relief," the branch wrote on Twitter after the arrest was announced. "Tonight, we can rest easy. Tomorrow, we will continue to fight against antisemitism.”
Additional details about the person’s arrest were not immediately available. Los Angeles Police Officer Rosario Cervantes on Thursday said she could not confirm whether the suspect had targeted the Jewish men as part of a hate crime.
2.16 at 6 pm PST: Two Jewish men were shot 24 hours apart, after leaving L.A. are synagogues. Both are in the heavily Jewish Pico Robertson neighborhood. The Jewish Community is understandably, on edge.
One incident was in the 1400 block of South Shenandoah; the other was in the 1600 block of So. Bedford. Both men are expected to survive.
The Los Angeles Police Department told reporters they have no indication of a hate crime at this time. Initially police did not believe the West Los Angeles shootings to be related, though now say they believe they may involve the same suspect. The LAPD press release is at the bottom of this page.
The first shooting occurred shortly before 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, when a man in his 40s was shot while entering his vehicle, police said. The suspect fired at the victim while driving by, striking him, then took off, police said.
The second shooting occurred Thursday around 8:30 a.m. a couple of blocks from the first incident, when a suspect fired upon a victim at an intersection from a vehicle, police said. The intersection was Pickford and Bedford in the neighborhood where so many Orthodox Jews live.
Police described the suspected shooter as an Asian man with a mustache and goatee driving a possible white compact vehicle.