SFPD searches for man who fires blank inside SF synagogue

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SFPD is looking for the gunman who entered a San Francisco Jewish Synagogue and fired possible blanks Wednesday night. 

The incident happened at the Schneerson Center, located at 2655 Balboa Street, at about 7:20 p.m. Police found shell casings at the scene, but no injuries or property damage has been reported. 

A video shows a man walking into a room where more than a dozen people are sitting around a table. He talks to them, making some gestures with his hands before taking out a gun and firing it around the room. 

He then waves and leaves. The whole incident happened in less than one minute. 

The gunman is seen wearing a baseball cap, jacket, and sneakers. 

Then at around 8:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a theater on the 3600 block of Balboa Street due to a report of a man with a gun. An employee from the theater said a man was speaking with employees while looking at merchandise when he took out a gun. 

He walked away on Balboa Street. 

The suspect’s description is similar to the suspect in the synagogue incident, although the incidents are unrelated. SFPD believes it might be the same person. Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD at 415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD. 


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.