Two Jewish Men Shot Outside CA Synagogue

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Extra security is in place at Jewish schools and temples after a shooting outside a North Hollywood, Calif., synagogue Thursday morning.

Two Jewish men were shot several times in the legs as they were entering the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Orthodox synagogue for the morning service.

The men were hospitalized and are both expected to fully recover.

Police had detained a teenager for questioning. The teen matched a loose description of the attacker, but police say they're continuing to look for possible suspects, in case it was not an isolated attack.

Police said the shooting may have been a random act of violence, and didn't want to rashly call this a hate crime.

"We certainly recognize the location and we're sensitive to that," Deputy Police Chief Michel Moore said. "But we do not know that this was a hate crime at all."

However, an official with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a large Jewish rights group, says police need to determine the motive for the attack.

"When an attack actually takes place in the perimeter of a house of worship, it's a source of deep concern," Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center told KTTV "Look, we don't know whether this is a lone gunman, it could be drugs, who knows. But the fact of the matter is there were no words exchanged, violence was used."

Cooper also pointed to the timing of the attack.

"If it's someone who had been watching the community they would know that, every weekday morning, somewhere between 10 and 25 or 30 men are going to be coming to the early morning service."

The FBI also responded to the scene and put other local Jewish temples and schools on alert. In the meantime, investigators will review the synagogue's surveillance videos.

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