A recent fire at an Armenian church in San Francisco, California, is now one of three incidents levied against the city’s Armenian community over the past two months that police are investigating as hate crimes,the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The San Francisco Police Department’s Arson Task Force is investigating the fire that burned the parish office adjacent to the St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church on September 17 as a hate crime, officials said this week.
The other two incidents are tied to the KZV Armenian School.
On September 19, two days after the fire, police officers heard gunshots outside the school and discovered bullet damage on a sign out front. The school was previously vandalized with hateful graffiti in July.
The series of what appears to be anti-Armenian crimes has been deeply troubling to the Bay Area’s tight-knit Armenian community.