After an alleged incident in which a local man entered a Chabad center and started discharging a handgun during a study session, the San Francisco district attorney charged him with two felonies and hate crimes.
Videos of the dramatic events were taken and extensively shared on social media and in the news.
According to the authorities, Dmitri Valerie Mishin, 51, entered the Schneerson Center at 7:20 p.m. on February 1 and started firing.
They further claim that he opened fire with a weapon at a nearby theater the day before.
He is accused of interrupting a religious gathering, flashing an imitation gun, and “making threats inhibiting the exercise of religion.”
Prosecutors claim that in addition to being accused of impeding religion, he allegedly committed hate crimes.
District Attorney Brooke Jenkins stated in a statement, “This is another awful case where our Jewish community has been targeted for who they are and what they believe.”
“Antisemitism is real, there is no question about it, and we must stand with our Jewish community in opposition to it.”
There will be “zero tolerance for hate” and “no safe refuge for those who commit these crimes,” according to the DA’s office.
The case will be tried by the Vulnerable Victims Unit, which Jenkins created to pursue instances involving crimes against the elderly and hate crimes.
Mishin could spend up to 10 years in jail if found guilty of all charges.