Shots went off in and around a Tarzana cannabis dispensary on the San Fernando Valley’s main drag of Ventura Boulevard this past Saturday afternoon, leaving one man dead and rattling a group of about 30 congregants who had just left after services at a synagogue located right beneath it.
Police are now searching for two suspects, who reportedly fired multiple shots inside the store and in its back alley sometime after 12:30 p.m. before fleeing on foot, leaving behind the body of a “regular customer” identified by his mother as 28-year-old Brian Garcia.
Putting an unexpected twist to this tragic murder, the dispensary, said to be a new storefront business at the address, is located above an unnamed synagogue, which had just ended its Shabbat services before the shooting occurred.
About 30 congregants, including many children, were still there when the sounds of shots pierced the afternoon air.
Rabbi Yossi Malka, who has, in the past, been associated with the Chabad of the Valley (located on the 18000 block