A Salt Lake City man has been indicted on federal hate crime charges that he fired shots at a synagogue in 2012 in a religiously motivated attack.
In an indictment returned Wednesday by a grand jury, prosecutors wrote that Macon Openshaw shot up the Kol Ami synagogue in Salt Lake City sometime between January and April 2012. Openshaw allegedly fired several rounds from a Walther .22 caliber handgun, breaking windows and damaging a window frame.
"We [are] convinced that we can prove that he targeted it because of its religious affiliation," said Melodie Rydalch, spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney David Barlow. Rydalch said she could not provide further details as to Openshaw's alleged religious motivation.