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Police say someone shot and damaged six windows with a BB or pellet rifle at Beth Sholom Congregation sometime early Monday morning.

Plywood still covers the cracked windows, and for many here, there's a sense of uncertainty about why this happened. Bob Gross says he's not sure, but he can't deny the timing of the incident.

"It's really a terrible thing that somebody would desecrate a holy place particularly a synagogue on the eve of Passover," he says.

Two other similar events happened nearby. Six windows were damaged at the Julius West Middle School, and two businesses' windows were shattered at the Fortune Terrace Shopping Center down the street.

Montgomery County police are investigating the events as possible hate crimes, but George Kauffman, a jeweler and co-owner of one of the stores damaged, doesn't buy it.

"I think it's random, honestly. I got here [Monday] morning, it was just a tiny little BB hole and the first thing I said was kids are off school today, they were out last night. Just kids with a BB gun, that's my feeling," he says.

Investigators urge anyone with information on the crimes to call Montgomery County Police at (240)773-TIPS.

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