Synagogue Security Guard Shoots 1st Amendment Auditor Standing on Sidewalk in LA

Carlos Miller

The guard was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A security guard protecting a synagogue in Los Angeles ordered a transgender woman standing on a public sidewalk with a camera to "get away" before shooting her in the leg

"Fucker shot me. Fucker shot me in the leg," exclaimed Zhoie Perez, who runs the YouTube channel Furry Potato Live., part of a growing movement of First Amendment auditors who record public officials and security guards in public to test their knowledge of the First Amendment.

The security guard evidently failed the audit, ordering her away after he shot her, claiming it was only a warning shot for refusing his order.

He has since been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He was identified as 44-year-old Edduin Zelayagrunfeld, according to ABC7.

"I was just filming the exterior of the synagogue and getting a lot of the architecture and all that," Perez said.

After the shooting, she got down on the sidewalk and behind a car. She says the security guard came out and continued to confront her.
"He leaves the gate, comes out on the sidewalk with his gun drawn again and says 'Try to break in. That was a warning shot, I'll kill you for real next time,'" Perez recalled.

Perez was treated and released at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to her leg.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

Perez is a self-described 1st Amendment auditor and posts videos to YouTube under the handle “Furry Potato.” The account, which has more than 17,000 subscribers, contains videos of Perez and others going to public places and testing the limits of their 1st Amendment rights. Perez, however, said she was not attempting to conduct an “audit” when the shooting took place.

“I was just filming the exterior of the synagogue here, and getting a lot of like, the architecture, and all that, and the guard came out and just started freaking out, started putting his hand on his gun,” Perez said.

Perez said she began live streaming the incident after the guard drew his weapon. Video she posted to YouTube shows her standing a few feet away from the synagogue’s gate when the gunshot is fired. The guard appeared to have his gun pointed toward the ground.

Montgomery said the guard, who was not identified, had been detained. He was still being interviewed by detectives at the LAPD’s Wilshire division Thursday night. The guard fired the shot from the synagogue’s property onto the public sidewalk, where Perez was standing, according to Montgomery.

The incident took place around 12:20 p.m. at the Etz Jacob Congregation/Ohel Chana High School, sending the school into lockdown.

The shooting takes place shortly after the four-minute mark.

"Why are you recording me, why are you recording this institution" demands the security guard before the shooting, who is wearing a Star of David next to the American flag on his uniform.

Because she can.

On the website, Perez describes herself as a "YouTube creator that is passionate about the rights that we have as American Citizens. I create internet content that will hopefully educate people about their rights while holding police and government officials accountable to us. I strive to do this in a fun and entertaining fashion. The goal is to help sustain our rights that were given to us by our founding fathers! "

Police wasted no time in handcuffing her as they came across her lying on the sidewalk in pain from the gunshot wound with a camera in her hand.​

Comments (24)
No. 1-7

the decided not to prosecute this guy. How the fuck does that work.


It's a shame all the cops can do is try to get an ID so they can arrest the person that just got shot. They are not worried about anything other than putting handcuffs on someone and getting their ID so they can run a background hopefully to arrest/put pressure on the victim. We whites needs to unite with the reasonable blacks (Ferguson, Mo was a rightful shooting, not many others) to get the cops back in line before they completely take over, along with the Democrats who support them.


Why the hell you calling this guy "She"??? Could be a Muslim terrorist just using this opportunity to gain the upper hand after getting caught surveilling a Jewish institution and harassing the guard.


Who did they hire for security? MS-13? Los Zetas?


Hopefully he will feel the Full Extent of the Justice System. He is no better than the Nazi members in WW II that did things like this to the Jewish People. Sorry, but 2 Wrongs dont make a Right. He needs to be Fully Prosecuted and Barred from ever working Security again, or carrying a gun on a job.


This Jewish defender of a Jewish institution should be praised for responding to what was perceived to be a planning and surveillance mission targeting this Jewish institution.

Jews remember all the times their fellows and institutions have been attacked. Where their fellow Jews have been shot and murdered. They remember all the times around the United States AND around the world tourists were simply taking photos of the buildings before an attack. There are many black Americans that have been convinced that its a good thing to participate in harming Jews.


Why the hell was she handcuffed? She's the victim.!!!!!!

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