Patrols Boosted At Jewish Temples After Attack

| October 29, 2009

Police have put extra patrols at Jewish schools and temples in Los Angeles after a gunman shot and wounded two men inside a synagogue parking garage.

Police had detained a teenager for questioning, but the LAPD continued to search for possible suspects in the area, Derek Bell, who was over in Sky 2 said. Schools were advised to activate their security plans, authorities said.

Deputy Chief Michel Moore said two members of Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue were shot in the legs as they were heading to services shortly before 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

A handgun was not recovered at the scene.

The victims, who were in their 30s, were stabilized on scene and transported to local hospitals. Both were listed in stable condition.

Moore said the gunman wearing a hoodie said nothing before opening fire at 6:19 a.m.

Police were investigating the shooting as a hate crime.

It was not clear how many people were in the building at the time of the shooting.

The synagogue's telephone line was busy.

The attack occurred 10 miles from a 1999 shooting at a Jewish community center where white supremacist Buford Furrow wounded three children, a teenager and an adult. He later killed a letter carrier.

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