Four members of Orthodox street patrol shot in Brooklyn

(JTA) — Four members of an Orthodox volunteer patrol were shot in Brooklyn.

The members of the Brooklyn South Shomrim patrol were shot on the night of Sept. 2 by a man they had been following for several days, since they found him leering at young girls and fondling himself in his car, they told The New York Times.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly confirmed that the shooter has an extensive criminal record.

None of the wounds are life threatening, although one man was shot in the abdomen and another in the neck.

The injured patrol members include two bakers, a dry cleaner and an insurance salesman.

The Shomrim have been patrolling Chasidic neighborhoods in Brooklyn for more than 20 years. The unarmed patrol members work closely with local police.

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