Police are searching for a suspect who shot and injured a man as the man walked into his local synagogue Saturday evening.
“Rabbi Dovid Lehrfield identified the man as Yosef Lipshutz, a devoted member of his congregation,” according to CBS Miami. “Miami-Dade police said Lipshutz, 68, was walking toward the synagogue when a Chevy Impala drove by. As he approached the entrance, police say the Impala circled around for a second time.”
Someone in the Impala reportedly opened fire on Lipshutz during the second pass. He was shot several times in the leg, and taken to the hospital with a shattered femur where he underwent surgery.
“This person happens to have absolutely no enemies, he’s a wonderful person, everybody loves him, I don’t know if the man was out to harm a Jewish person or to harm a synagogue,” Lehrfield reportedly said.
The Rabbi believes that anti-Semitism is to blame for the attack.
“Unfortunately anti-semitism is a thing of the world and you can’t get away from it,” he reportedly said.
The CBS report confirmed that there is surveillance footage of the incident, but so far the police have not arrested a suspect. Police are reportedly investigating the incident as a hate crime.