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Beverly Hills PD alleges Iranian Jewish man shot brother

by Karmel Melamed

February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

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Alfred Hakim, 49, an Iranian Jewish resident of Beverly Hills, was allegedly shot Wednesday night by his 47-year-old brother, Adel.

According to the Beverly Hills police department, officers responded at 9 p.m. to a call of shots being fired in the 400 block of North Palm Drive, and paramedics transported the victim to nearby Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he was listed as of Thursday as being in critical condition following surgery.

Sgt. Lincoln Hoshino of the Beverly Hills Police Department said within two hours of the incident, Adel Hakim was identified as the suspect and arrested by California Highway Patrol following a traffic accident he was involved at an undisclosed location in the San Fernando Valley.

Local Iranian Jewish leaders declined to comment on the incident but confirmed that both brothers are of Iranian Jewish heritage.

News of the incident has shocked local Iranian Jews as violence of this nature between family members is very rare in the community. Police have not yet identified a motive for the shooting, pending a complete investigation.

The suspect is being treated for injuries at an undisclosed local hospital, and is under police supervision, Hoshino said. He will later be transported to Beverly Hills jail and is currently being held without bail.

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