No Motive Yet in LA Synagogue Shootings

Gunman wounded two men on their way to prayers
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2009 3:54 PM CDT
LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, second from right, speaks with Jewish community leaders before a news conference Thursday.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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(Newser) – LAPD officers are still searching for the gunman who shot two men on their way to a prayer service at a North Hollywood synagogue this morning. The gunman approached one of the victims in the underground parking lot of the synagogue, and "without any words" shot both him and a nearby man in the leg. Details are scarce, and officials have backed off an initial declaration of a hate crime investigation after putting Jewish schools and temples on alert. Both victims are in good condition.

"None of us should presume or speculate more about this other than it was a random act of violence," says LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Police are looking into the possibility that the first victim got shot because of a personal or business dispute—and the second because he just happened to be there, the LA Times reports.