POWAY, Calif. – A 19-year-old man armed with a rifle opened fireplace inside a synagogue close to San Diego as worshippers celebrated the final day of Passover, killing a lady and wounding three folks Saturday, authorities mentioned.
The person, whose identify was not launched, fled in a automotive and referred to as 911 shortly afterward to say he was concerned within the taking pictures at Chabad of Poway, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit informed reporters.
When an officer reached the person on a roadway, “the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his automotive along with his arms up and was instantly taken into custody,” Nisleit mentioned.
The officer discovered an AR-type rifle within the entrance passenger seat.
San Diego County Sheriff William Gore mentioned at a information convention that he had no particulars on motive. Authorities say they have been reviewing copies of his social media posts.
There was no identified risk after the person was detained, however authorities boosted patrols at locations of worship as a precaution, Nisleit mentioned.
The taking pictures got here precisely six months since a taking pictures at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 folks within the deadliest assault on Jews in U.S. historical past.
An off-duty Border Patrol agent contained in the synagogue within the metropolis of Poway, simply over 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of San Diego, opened fireplace because the shooter fled however did not hit him, Gore mentioned.
Minoo Anvari informed CNN that she’s a member of Chabad of Poway and her husband was inside in the course of the taking pictures. She mentioned he referred to as to inform her the shooter was shouting and cursing and he or she referred to as the taking pictures “unbelievable” in a peaceable and tight-knit neighborhood.
“We’re sturdy, we’re united, they can not break us,” she mentioned.
4 folks have been admitted to Palomar Well being Medical Middle Hospital, spokesman Derryl Acosta mentioned. The Authorities mentioned a lady and two males have been wounded.
Passover started on April 19 and was ending Saturday.
In Pittsburgh, a truck driver who authorities say expressed hatred of Jews has been charged within the Oct. 27 rampage on the Tree of Life synagogue. He is pleaded not responsible.