Police Monday were investigating the discovery of a blood trail, and the drawing of swastikas and some other symbols in Pan Pacific Park in the Fairfax area, which is home to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
The blood and symbols were discovered about 6:45 a.m. on a wall near a playground and in or near a bathroom next to a senior center in the park near the 100 block of North Gardner Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Two swastikas were found, according to LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman, who said investigators believe the blood came from someone who had suffered an accident, a self-inflicted injury or a criminal act. Bloodhounds were brought in and followed a scent for several blocks going south, then east, before losing the trail, Eisenman said.
A hate incident report was generated and detectives will continue to investigate and seek the injured party, she said.
"Acts of hate and anti-Semitism are deeply painful and have no place in the city of Los Angeles," City Councilman David Ryu said in a statement. "With hate incidents on the rise locally and nationally, we must stand up for our diverse communities and their safety. I am in contact with LAPD while this remains under investigation, and urge anyone with information to contact the LAPD Wilshire Division."
The Wilshire Division can be reached at (213) 473-0476.