Killer gunman praised Christchurch massacre before deadly attack on San Diego synagogue

Synagogue shooting California: Gunman detained in San Diego, several injured - Daily Star
1 Dead, Several Wounded, Suspect Detained in Shooting at SoCal Synagogue

29 April, 2019

Police in the USA said the gunman, named as John T Earnest, opened fire inside the synagogue in Poway, about 30 kilometres north of San Diego, killing one person and injuring three others including a rabbi.

At least one person has died and four were injured in a shooting Saturday at a synagogue in the San Diego suburb of Poway, Calif.

Lev said Gilbert-Kaye, the mom of a 22-year-old daughter, had gone to the synagogue also to say Kaddish, a Jewish prayer for the dead, for her own mother who had recently passed away.

According to the NBC 7 report, Earnest produced an online manifesto in which he took responsibility for arson at a nearby mosque in nearby Escondido last month, and on Reddit said he planned to livestream his shooting Saturday on Facebook.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said both were wounded by shrapnel in the attack on the final day of the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover. The mayor praised the response from local, state and federal law enforcement, saying they "all worked brilliantly together to bring this to a quick resolution".

A Palomar Medical Center Poway representative told CNN earlier that they were receiving one trauma patient from a shooting at a synagogue.

A Jewish leader in the San Diego area identified the victims of the shooting.

The Chabad synagogue in Poway, California.

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US President Donald Trump has expressed condolences to those affected by the shooting, while commending the police for swiftly taking the suspect into custody.

"No known threats however in an abundance of caution, we will be providing extra patrol at places of worship".

Speaking to the media about the incident, Sgt. Aaron Meleen said officers were called to an "active shooter situation" at 11.23 am local time and there were "several victims with varying injuries".

Vaus later added: "It was a hate crime", an assessment he said was based on "statements that were made when the shooter entered". Based on my last conversations, looks like a hate crime, hard to believe. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was injured from a gunshot to his hand.

The writer also shared his admiration for the perpetrators of other mass shootings, including the gunman who killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue six months ago and the Christchurch mosque massacre.

Rabbi Yonah Fradkin, executive director of Chabad of San Diego County, called Kay "a true woman of valor" and said she "lost her life exclusively for living as a Jew", the Associated Press reported.

Police spokesman Sgt. Erin Meleen told media that the suspected gunman was apprehended down the road "a short distance from the scene".

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