A yarmulka-wearing Jewish boy became the victim of a possible hate crime in Englewood when he was shot with a BB gun from a moving vehicle outside an Zula Mediterranean Grill on E. Palisade Avenue.
Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes said two people were struck by the pellets, though neither suffered any serious injuries.
Additionally, the victims maintained the presence of mind to take down the license plate, and police are now working to identify the specific suspects involved.
“I don’t take this lightly that this happened in front of a kosher restaurant, to a young man wearing a yarmulka, and will see that this is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Mayor Wildes said in a statement.
He noted that police do not believe that there is a broader threat to the Jewish community in Englewood.