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Tacoma Jews shocked that sniper suspects
are tied to May shooting.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
are pretty slim unless someone comes
forward with a tip," said Jim Mattheis,
public information officer for the
This isn't the first time Beth El has
been a target. In fact, the synagogue
"has had the most activity of any insti-
tution in the five-state region that I
cover," said Brian Goldberg, director
of the Anti-Defamation League's
Pacific Northwest region.
Goldberg listed seven attacks against
Beth El in the last two years, which
have escalated from threatening phone
calls and vandalism to an arson
attempt — shortly after Sept. 11 —
and the spring shooting.
The Pacific Northwest has the high-
est concentration of extremist groups
in the country, and several white
supremacist groups are based in
Tacoma, Goldberg said. Tacoma has a
Jewish population of 2,000.
There also have . been several recent
incidents in the region involving
New York City
ince Tacoma police stated
Oct. 28 that the suspects in
the notorious Washington,
D.C., sniper case have been
linked to a May shooting at Temple
Beth El in Tacoma, Wash., the 350-
family synagogue has been inundated
with calls from the media.
The response from the congregation
and the local Jewish community is a
mixture of relief — that the case may
bring closure — and shock.
Two bullets were fired into the syna-
gogue between May 1-4. One lodged
in an outside wall, while the second
tore through the wall, crossed a meet-
ing room and flew into the chapel. It
penetrated the door of the ark and
landed in the back of the ark, but
missed the synagogue's Torah scrolls.
When Rabbi. Mark Glickman
learned last week that John
Allen Muhammad and
John Lee Malvo -- sus-
pects in the three-week
shooting spree in the
Washington, D.C., sub-
urbs that killed 10,
wounded three and trans-
fixed the country — had
lived in Washington state,
he gave local law enforce-
ment officials "a friendly
reminder" about the syna-
gogue shooting in May
A ballistic test at the
Washington state crime
The suspects in the Washington, D. C. -area sniper case
lab matched the bullet
from the synagogue shoot- have been linked to a May 2002 shooting at Temple
ing to a .44 Magnum the
Beth El in Tacoma, Wash.
suspects may have used.
The weapon was given to
Islamic militants, Goldberg said.
police by a concerned citizen who said
Coverage of attacks on the synagogue
Muhammad and Malvo were his house
has only raised its profile, he said.
guests from May to July 2002, during
It also doesn't help that the syna-
the time of the synagogue shooting.
is located on a main thorough-
"Everybody is just sort of dumb-
Glickman said. "We're
founded and surprised that our syna-
gogue here in the Pacific Northwest is
While congregants have been shaken
somehow related to this person who
by word of Muhammad's and Malvo's
did such horrible things," Rabbi
suspected tie to the May shooting, it
hasn't disrupted their lives. "I think it's
The evidence tying the pair to the
frankly, to think that some-
Tacoma shooting is scanty, however.
so skilled at shooting might
"Chances of going further with this