The police chief stepped up to the microphone at the hastily called press conference in front of the synagogue where the incident took place.
“Our community narrowly escaped what could have been yet another heinous act of antisemitism,” the chief said. “The perpetrator entered the synagogue, shouted ‘Jews will not replace us,’ as he opened fire with an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle. He got off two rounds before the rifle jammed. Fortunately no one was shot and three congregants were able to tackle and subdue the shooter.”
He paused. “I implore you, Mr. President, cease your hateful rhetoric. Please, sir.”
Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Roger Bultot.