One dead, three injured in California synagogue shooting
California: A 19-year-old man armed with a rifle opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego as worshippers celebrated the last day of Passover, killing a woman and wounding three people Saturday, authorities said. One of the injured is a minor while another is a Rabbi.
The man, whose name was not released, fled in a car and called 911 shortly afterwards to say he was involved in the shooting at Chabad of Poway, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit told reporters.
When an officer reached the man on a roadway, “the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody,” Nisleit said.
The officer found an AR-type rifle in the front passenger seat. Authorities identified the suspect as John Earnest according to the Associated Press.
The alleged shooter had no earlier contact with law enforcement, Gore said. In a manifesto published online Saturday under the name John Earnest, the writer described plans to kill Jews, referring to himself as an “anti-Semite” and “white supremacist.” It referenced the alleged shooters at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue and the New Zealand mosque, Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler as role models. The writer expressed no remorse for his impending actions.
President Donald Trump expressed his “deepest sympathies” for the victims of the shooting, which he said “looks like a hate crime,” before departing for a rally in Wisconsin.
“My deep condolences to all of those affected,” the president added.
Other political and religious leaders, including Sen. Kamala Harris, condemned Saturday’s attack and voiced their support of the Jewish community.