Added note: According to COLLIVE, family members allegedly heard antisemitic slurs during the robbery and shooting; police have yet to confirm this and are not investigating this as a hate crime.
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Baltimore Police are investigating the shooting death of a Jewish man who was shot and killed in the 21215 zip code early Monday. The robbery and shooting happened around midnight in the 3700 block of Fords Lane.
Yitzy Schleifer, who is the councilman of the district where it happened, said the victim’s name is Ephraim Gordan, 31, visiting from Israel for the first time to attend his cousin’s wedding.
“When you have somebody in town visiting Baltimore. never been to Baltimore before, and simply just walking from the car into the house to be gunned down is just horrific,” he said.
Baltimore Police was at the scene around 5:00 Monday afternoon to gather evidence and obtain surveillance video from nearby homes.
Schleifer said he saw the video of the incident. He called it “senseless”, saying three black men tried to rob Gordan before one of them shot and killed him. “For people to take someone’s life over valuables is insane.”
He said the area, which is largely made up of Jewish people, is shaken by what happened. Schleifer said he’s already received about 100 messages related to the murder.
Ricky Jackson, who lives in the area, heard the gunshots. He said he went to scene to find out what was going on. “I saw on the ground a garment soaked in blood and I heard this elderly gentleman tell the police officers he saw some guys chasing his son.”
A fundraiser has been set up to assist the family with transport of the body back to Israel.