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Plywood covers the damaged windows at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Md.
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Plywood covers the damaged windows at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Md.

Six windows in the Beth Sholom Congregation were damaged with a with a BB or pellet rifle sometime early Monday morning. Considering the circumstance, it was not unusual to see a state police car parked outside the gate as worshipers made their way to and from the building.

Bob Gross attends synagogue often. The cruiser is not just for what happened here Monday -- it's parked here often.

"It's a sad thing that synagogues have to have a police presence for high holidays and other times," he says." "Anti-Semitism is nothing new, it's unfortunate, it's a shame, it's sorrowful, but we have bad people in the world, and we have to protect ourselves."

Montgomery County Police investigators say they're treating this event and two other similar acts of vandalism, at a school and nearby shopping mall, as possible hate crimes.

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