Updated 3:45 p.m. with information from the Sheriff's press conference and comments from Poway Mayor Steve Vaus
By Miriam Raftery
April 27, 2019 (Poway, CA)--An older woman has died and three others were injured in a shooting today at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, Sheriff Gore confirmed in a news conference this afternoon. The attack occurred during a Passover celebration.
ECM news partner 10 News reports that Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, suffered a hand injury. Two men and a 10-year-old girl were also injured with shrapnel wounds; all are in stable condition and expected to recover.
A white male, 19, from San Diego is in custody after he called authorities to surrender. He used an AR-type assault weapon, according to Sheriff Gore. He was arrested in nearby Rancho San Diego. No motive has yet been disclosed.
NBC 7 reports that multiple sources confirm the suspect is John T. Earnest, who published a manifesto at 10 a.m. on Reddit threatening to live-stream the shooting in Poway. In a rant filled with racist remarks and Bible quotes, he also claimed credit for arson at an Escondido mosque a month ago. The killer stated that he was inspired by the recent deadly attack on a New Zeland mosque and by shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue last year.
The Sheriff's office reported shortly after noon that it was investigating reports of a man with a gun in the vicinity of the synagogue in the 16000 block of Chabad Way. The Sheriff's Poway office later confirmed injuries.
Photo, right: Sheriff Gore and Mayor Vaus at press conference
The Sheriff's department confirms it will also increase security at other houses of worship during the Jewish holiday.
In addition, the Sheriff posted on Twitter, "Please respect the medical privacy of victims & their families during this difficult time. Remain clear of the area as this investigation will take several hours."
The following road closures through tomorrow morning Sunday, April 28th: Eastbound Espola Road at Summerfield Lane Westbound Espola Road at Avenida Florencia.