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A YouTuber in Beverly Hills was shot by a security guard while filming in front of a synagogue yesterday.
The YouTuber, a self-described first-amendment activist, was apparently confronting the security guard after he pulled out a weapon for reasons that remain unclear from the video.
What transpires is little more than an assault with a deadly weapon. After questioning from the YouTuber, Zhoie Perez, security guard Edduin Zelayagrunfeld discharged his weapon and grazed the streamer with a bullet that caused a wound requiring medical attention.
After shooting the YouTuber outside of Etz Jacob Congregation/Ohel Chana High School, the security guard can be heard saying that it was only a warning shot.
Word to the wise: In the United States, a warning shot is typically not legal, but especially when it actually hits someone. That’s called a shooting.
Zhoie Perez claims that, “The guard came out and just started freaking out, started putting his hand on his gun,” and that, further, a gate separated the guard from the YouTuber so it wasn’t like he was in imminent danger.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the guard said, “I shot at the floor.”
Following the shooting, the guard can either be heard saying “You are nothing” or “You are a Nazi,” though the Internet commentariat is divided as to what Zelaygrunfeld is saying. Regardless, neither one will sound good in court.
Initially, police questioned the YouTuber and seemed to side with the guard but, after investigation, the guard was placed under arrest.
If you’d like to watch the video (it’s almost 40 minutes long), you can do so here on YouTube (warning: someone does get shot though it’s nearly impossible to see anything).
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