Terrible terrible news out of California.
A man has been detained in connection with a shooting that caused injuries at a synagogue in Southern California, the San Diego County sheriff's office says on Twitter. https://t.co/L8VW3WmFaw— The Associated Press (@AP) April 27, 2019
From the Daily Beast:
At least four people were injured, including children, following a shooting at a San Diego area synagogue, local authorities said.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Office said that a man is in custody and being question by investigators and they do not believe there are other suspects.
“We don’t believe there are any other suspects,” a spokesperson for San Diego police told The Daily Beast.
According to a preliminary investigation, deputies responded to Chabad of Poway just before 11:30 a.m PST after reports of a man with a gun and a shooting that was underway, the San Diego Sheriff’s Office said.
According to the spokesperson, there are multiple patients and at least four victims have been transported to nearby hospital, Palomar Medical Center.
According to its Facebook page, Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego had a Passover celebration starting at 11 AM (Pacific Time).— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) April 27, 2019
The shooting reportedly happened just before 11:30 AM, per the Poway Sheriff. pic.twitter.com/FFKhNJk5B2
#BREAKING: Reports of several injuries, including children, in a shooting inside the #Chabad of Poway, #California. Just across the city of #SanDiego. #Jews are celebrating the last day of #Passover today. https://t.co/rXvVPtgpLq— Anna Ahronheim (@AAhronheim) April 27, 2019
And a local news video:
A gunman armed with a semiautomatic rifle walked into a suburban San Diego County synagogue and opened fire on the congregation Saturday, killing one person and injuring three in an attack that authorities believe was motivated by hate.
A 19-year-old was arrested in connection with the shooting, authorities said. The gunman, who is white, entered Chabad of Poway on Chabad Way about 11:20 a.m. and started firing.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus called it a “hate crime,” based on statements the shooter was heard making as he entered the synagogue.
Authorities were reviewing his social media accounts and an “open letter” he reportedly wrote before the attack. They were also preparing to search his home in Rancho Penasquitos.
Also, it looks like an off-duty border patrol agent opened fire on the suspect as he ran off.
So this isn’t confirmed yet, I think, but some are identifying the suspect based on a manifesto that was published just after the crime:
Multiple law enforcement sources confirm to NBC News that the suspect in the Poway synagogue shooting is 19-year-old John T. Earnest.
According to a manifesto, published online shortly after 10 a.m. on Saturday, Earnest also takes responsibility for an Escondido Mosque arson a month prior. During that incident, Earnest spray-painted messages referencing the New Zealand mosque shooting.
The synagogue shooting and the mosque arson were less than 9 miles apart.
Escondido Police confirm detectives have started investigating whether Earnest is the suspect in that case.
In the manifesto, Earnest states he was attending nursing school but did not specify the exact location. On Reddit, Earnest said he planned to livestream the shooting on Facebook but his account has since been deactivated.
Filled with racist rants and quotes from the Bible, Earnest praises the suspects responsible for the New Zealand mosque and Pittsburgh synagogue shootings as his inspiration for the planned shooting in Poway.
I’m seeing reports that the manifest was anti-Trump too, but I want to find non-crackhead sources for that info before providing it.
Poway Synagogue Shooting Update:
19-year-old John Earnest identified as suspect according to multiple law enforcement sources @NBCNews has spoken to. Authorities have surrounded Earnest'sn Rancho Penasquitos home. He also published a
racist manifesto. #NBC7 pic.twitter.com/VY0njjQ3zG
— Omari Fleming (@OmariNBCSD) April 27, 2019
I’ll update as more information is available.