Shots heard near JCC were kids’ target practice

Some 400 people attended “All That Jazz,” a party honoring Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona President and CEO Stuart Mellan, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center on Saturday night, March 30.

The elegant evening was briefly marred by reports of shots being fired near the JCC around 10:45 p.m., just as guests were making their way from a concert in the auditorium to a dessert buffet in the art gallery. Law enforcement officials asked guests to remain inside the building until they gave the all-clear a half-hour later. The Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council reported in an e-mail Monday that law enforcement from both the city and the county had responded and confirmed that the shots heard were the result of juveniles target-shooting on a nearby private property. No shots were fired onto JCC property and no one was injured.

Inaccurate reports were posted on several online news sites, notes Brenda Landau, JCRC director.

The JCRC actively works with law enforcement throughout Southern Arizona to help facilitate Jewish community security planning, training and communication with law enforcement. For more information, contact Landau, at 577-9393, ext 134.