Thursday, October 29, 2009
The North Hollywood Synagogue Shooting
Los Angeles' Orthodox Jewish community was shaken today by the shooting of two Jewish men in a North Hollywood synagogue parking garage today on their way to morning prayers.
The two men were both shot in the legs and are undergoing surgery.
The synagogue, Adat Yeshurun is in the heart of an Orthodox community filed with kosher markets, synagogues, Jewish schools and yeshivas.
My son goes to a yeshiva high school not too far from where the shooting took place,and while extra precautions are being taken, like most of the schools,larger synagogues and community buildings in the area their security is already pretty decent.
There is some value in knowing that you're a target.
Police are still viewing the surveillance cameras and looking for suspects.Based on what I know so far, there are two possibilities.
The least likely is that this was a lone wolf jihadi looking to shoot some Jews and he panicked and fired low.
The most likely possibility IMO is that one or both of the men are involved in a business deal with some rather interesting associates and this was intended as a warning or a reprisal.
You can indeed kill someone by shooting them in the leg if you sever the femural artery. But most shooters seeking to kill a man would go for a body shot ( the biggest target area) or follow that time honored credo:
"Two in the head, you know they're dead."
Either way, best wishes to the victims and their families.We'll see what develops,