Three men in Baltimore were shot at with a BB gun near a Jewish school Thursday in what police are saying was a possible hate incident.
The shooter, described as possibly of Middle Eastern descent, yelled “Jews, Jews, Jews” while firing at the men, police said.
Police did not say if the targeted men were Jewish themselves but called the shooting, which occurred during the Rosh Hashanah holiday, a “bias incident.”
According to a JewishPress.com report, the shots were fired at a group of Orthodox Jews, some of whom were minors.
According to the police report, the men were walking near the Bais Hamedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore, a traditional Orthodox institution in Baltimore County, at around 5:30 p.m., when a car, moving slowly, drew close to the pedestrians.
The driver produced a weapon, described as “some type of BB or air gun,” which he then fired multiple times before driving away. No one was hit, but police did find minor damage to the building.
“The suspect is described as a white male, brown hair, dark complexion, possibly of Middle Eastern descent. The suspect was driving a black and white Toyota Corolla or Prius with tinted windows. The top portion of the car was black and lower portion white,” police said.
Jewish institutions around the world stepped up security for the High Holidays last week out of fear of anti-Semitic attacks, amid a reported uptick in incidents in Europe and elsewhere following Israel’s 50-day military campaign in Gaza.
Also on Rosh Hashanah, in Ukraine, a monument commemorating the victims of the Babi Yar World World II massacre in Kiev was found to have been defaced by a swastika.