A 21-year-old man was seriously wounded in an anti-Semitic attack by two youths, after returning home from a Torah course in a synagogue in Villeurbanne, in southern France, the Jewish Community’s protection service (SPCJ) said.
As he was walking home from the synagogue late Thursday night, the two aggressors, in their twenties, asked their victim’s name.
After hearing his response, the two told him: “you don’t look to be named Antoine, you look Jewish, you are a Jew.”
When the victim confirmed he was Jewish, one of the aggressors fired at him with a pellet gun. As he defended himself, he received several shots on his head and body.
The victim was brought to the emergency service of a nearby hospital with serious wounds of the abdomen, head and arm.
The young man is still in shock and remains under observation. The SPCJ immediately went to visit him and stayed with the victim overnight.
Police are investigating to identify and arrest the perpetrators.
In a statement, the mayor of Villeurbanne “strongly” condemned “this intolerable act.”