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Possible Hate Crime Shooting at L.A. Temple Leaves 2 Wounded

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Security is heightened at Jewish schools and temples in Los Angeles Thursday, after two men were shot in a synagogue parking garage. One suspect is in custody, but police are not sure they have the right man. Police are investigating if this is a hate crime.

The two men arrived separately for morning services at the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Orthodox temple in North Hollywood at around 6:30, when the gunman approached them in the garage. Without speaking, he opened fire, hitting the men in the legs. They are hospitalized, and listed in good condition.

About a mile away, police detained a teenager matching a "very loose" description of the attacker. But since the description is general, Lt. John Romero said police are still scouring the area in case they don't have the gunman.

Police immediately added extra patrols around Jewish institutions. "We are being vigilant for any follow-ups that may occur," Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Michael Moore said.

Shayan Yaghoubi, 13, was walking with his mother to the synagogue's adjoining school but wasn't allowed to cross the police line.

"The cops told us we can't go," he said. "I feel very bad because this is my favorite school ... I have a lot of friends over there. I hope everyone is OK. There's never been a problem with fighting."