Synagogue Violence Likely Personal

The shooting that shook L.A.'s Jewish community Thursday and provided flashbacks to the hate-fueled North Valley Jewish Community Center shooting a decade ago was likely a personal attack, according to reports.

ABC7 and KTLA News state that police say the attacker knew one of two victims shot and wounded in the parking structure of the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue in North Hollywood. The stations reported that the shooter might have been triggered by a business dispute.

If so, it would give Los Angeles synagogues and temples a sigh of relief. They were put on alert by police after the 6:30 a.m. shooting in the 12400 block of Sylvan Street. Police weren't sure what motivated the attack.

In Koreatown, a bomb squad had been called to the history Wilshire Temple at 3663 Wilshire Blvd. after a suspicious object was found there about 8 a.m. Police, however, deemed it was safe and cleared the scene.

The men in North Hollywood were hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds to their legs, and news footage showed bullet holes low on the parking garage wall -- indicating the attacker was aiming at the lower extremities on purpose.

A 17-year-old was detained and questioned in connection with the attack but he was soon released and allowed to return to school. The suspect remains at large.


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