San Diego synagogue shooting: Suspect arrested after one killed and three wounded
A 19-year-old man armed with an assault-style rifle opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego on Saturday, killing one woman inside and wounding three others in a hate crime on the last day of Passover. The suspect John Earnest fled in a car and called 911 shortly afterward to say he was involved in the shooting at Chabad of Poway, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said.
When an officer reached him on a roadway, “the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody,” Mr Nisleit said. The officer found an AR-type rifle in the front passenger seat.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus characterised the shooting as a “hate crime,” saying his assessment was based on statements uttered by the gunman when he entered the synagogue.
US President Donald Trump said the country stood in solidarity with the Jewish community.
“Tonight, America’s heart is with the victims of the horrific synagogue shooting in California, just happened,” he told supporters at a rally in Wisconsin.
“Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community. We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate which must be defeated.”
Authorities say they were reviewing copies of the supect’s social media posts.
San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said Earnest had no prior arrests. However, he said, his department would work with the FBI and the city of Escondido to investigate the suspect’s possible connection to an arson that caused property damage at Dar-ul-Arqam mosque last month but no injuries.
Mr Gore said four people were struck by gunfire and taken to Palomar Medical Centre, where one of the victims, an “older woman,” died. The three other patients – “two adult males” and a “female juvenile” – were listed in stable condition, Mr Gore said.
The shooting came exactly six months since a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.
An off-duty Border Patrol agent inside the synagogue in the city of Poway, just over 20 miles north of San Diego, opened fire as the shooter fled but didn’t hit him, Mr Gore said.
28 thoughts on “San Diego synagogue shooting: Suspect arrested after one killed and three wounded”
After what had happened in Pittsburgh…..where is the security for ALL Jewish warship places ?, No Money ? Not in the “plans” ?, Don’t care ? What are you waiting for ?
American Jews are mostly liberal and ant gun. Insane. Jews need to defend themselves. History shows this clearly, we can not rely on anyone but ourselves.
I have been trying to debate on Twitter Israel and Jews etc. There are so many white Europeans and Americans even American Jews who are so anti Israel and anti Jewish it blows my mind,
is this a hangover from the mediaval days of anti Judaism? These guys do not wanna know facts nor modern realities- they hate the Jews period and wish them all dead. They wish Israel and do not grant any legitimacy at all to Israel as a modern state. I have given up debating as there is no debate- they will not hear me out or anything. It has to be their view only else they end up blocking me.
Add to that the millions of Americans who now follow that evil women in Congress and you know who I mean. – so I am not surprised at this and this will happen more and more. I remember reading an article about 10 years ago written about a hidden Israeli Mekubal (Torah scholar who shuns the limelight and knows the hidden mysteries of the Torah) and he said that within a few years anti-Jewish sentiment in America would explode.
Maybe they don’t like their government paying $10 million every day for a bunch of antisemitic squatters to murder medics and use drone warfare against kites.
you are an antisemitic pig a muslim nazi pig like the pigs of SRI LANKA who killed worshippers in the church
Salman Rushdie=Satanic Verses=satanic religion
Mmmm…. only a piggie taking me from behind will sate my sorrow this evening.
No, spider they are non-thinking morons. Bigots, racists and especially, hypocrites.
… or they don’t like fascist dictators skullphucking the Torah to justify ethnic cleansing of semitic people from the land of their grandparents and great-grandparents.
Lots of possible reasons, I suppose.
every muslim fascist dictator is nazi cleansing semitic Jewish people from North Africa to Iraq and killing christian people from Egypt to Sri lanka.
Israel should start expelling nazi Hamas from inside Israel and also remove nazi hamas and fatah from gaza
muslim nazis with their satanic quran killed Christians in their churches and hotels during Easter
Chabad is not a synagogue is a cult. Interesting they did not lock the dors. they felt secure. The late rabbi mesiah will protect them . http://www.chabad-mafia.com
chabad always asks for money from their brainwashed victims.
should have hired a security man, so many american nazis and muslim nazis around
The likely perpetrator:
המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים
Iranpigs the perpetrator; a garbage nazi like the muslim nazi pigs from Sri Lanka
Every move I make, every breath I take, I fear the Persians because I’m very very afraid that they can bash our faces in.
A piglet, taking me from behind, always takes my mind off dastardly Iran.
Our Chabad shul is not a cult. It’s warm , friendly and accepting of every level of Judaism
Including my version of conservadox.
We also have a “progressive” rabbi who has documented us for permission to carry in shul and the school.
We have at least 4 licensed to carry congregants , several us trained to act as fire teams.
With advanced firearms and tactics training.
This story would have involved fewer innocents injured if the threat had been neutralized when the weapon presented.
We all need to be responsible for each other , and train often .
chabad is a cult.
it is not warm at all. as soon as you tell them the truth they became violent.
come on leon, I feel your pain over groups that do not like us, but “cult, warm, and truth” are all too subjective to allow a 3rd party to take you seriously. Deal in specifics, or you should mellow out if for no other reason than the victims are your cousins.
Pal-e-SWINIANISM is a Death Cult.
Pal-e-SWINIANS proclaim they crave death while Infidels fear death. That’s how 9/11 sand nazi suicide hijackers were driven.
I so vividly remember NuttyYahoo gleefully describing the 9/11 attacks to the NY Times in realtime: “it’s very good”.
Good thing the Mossad mover-losers “were there to document the event.”
he that hates his friends will love his enemies. “Hate crime” should be considered offensive to all righteous. Does hate crime mean that the other crimes are “love crimes”? Crimes are crimes. All real crimes (sins) with real victims are an expression of hatred. Man up world.
Israel must urgently strongly tackle antisemitism by publishing facts on Islam, Palestinianism abd the leftist agenda
@Phill have more guns in shul and shomrim who are trained to do their job and
ask people who want to get in some difficult questions, only Jews can answer.
Have a security interlocking door and investigate before letting people enter.
Thats how to play it secure.
We also have rotaries that prevent trucks from building up speed to ram the Shul.
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