YouTube Personality Shot While Filming Video Outside Los Angeles Synagogue; Security Guard Arrested

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Authorities arrested an armed security guard after a local YouTube personality was shot while filming a video outside a synagogue and high school Thursday in the Fairfax neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to police and social media video. Officers responded to calls about a disturbance and a shooting outside the Etz Jacob Congregation/Ohel Chana High School near the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Stanley Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. When officers arrived, they found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg, LAPD said. The security guard, Edduin Zelayagrunfeld, 44, was arrested on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon, a firearm, police said. The victim, 45-year-old Zhoie Perez, was transported to a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening injury, according to police. The Los Angeles Times described Perez as a local YouTube personality who posts videos testing the limits of her First Amendment rights. She recoded a video outside Sunset Bronson Studios, where KTLA is located, late last month. Perez streamed a video of the Thursday incident on a YouTube account called “Furry Potato.” The security guard is seen with his hand on a gun and then the camera suddenly jolts, and Perez yells that he has shot her. It is unclear what prompted the confrontation and shooting. School officials say the disturbance prompted a lockdown. “This afternoon an individual was filming our girls at the school and the building perimeter extensively windows and exits,” the school’s principal said. “This caused anxiety to staff and students.” Perez said she was filming the architecture of the building when the security guard started threatening her. The case was still under investigation. Perez was not accused of a crime. Anyone with information on the incident was asked to call LAPD detectives at 213-922-8205, or call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 to leave a tip anonymously.

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