A gunman has opened fireplace at a synagogue in California, leaving one girl lifeless and three different folks injured, police say.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested after the assault at Poway, north of the town of San Diego.
The synagogue had been internet hosting a Passover celebration when the capturing befell, studies mentioned.
Police haven’t steered a motive however US President Donald Trump mentioned the assault “seems like a hate crime”.
The capturing comes six months after a gun assault killed 11 folks on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the worst anti-Semitic assault in current US historical past.
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San Diego County Sheriff Invoice Gore advised reporters that investigators have been reviewing the suspect’s social media exercise and inspecting an open letter printed on-line.
“Throughout the capturing, 4 people have been wounded and transported to Palomar hospital,” he mentioned. “One succumbed to their wounds. The opposite three are in steady situation.”
Mayor Steve Vaus mentioned the rabbi had been shot within the hand.
“For this to occur solely every week later on the finish of the Passover, solely every week after Easter is horrific,” he advised MSNBC.
How did the assault occur?
Sheriff Gore mentioned officers have been known as to the Chabad synagogue simply earlier than 11:30 (18:30 GMT) after the person opened fireplace with an “AR-15 sort” assault rifle.
He mentioned an off-duty border patrol officer fired on the suspect as he fled the scene in a car, however didn’t hit him.
The suspect was later arrested by one other officer, added San Diego chief of police David Nisleit.
“He clearly noticed the suspect’s car, the suspect jumped out together with his palms up and was instantly taken into custody.” he mentioned.
“Because the officer was putting this 19-year-old male into custody, he clearly noticed a rifle on the entrance passenger seat of the suspect car.”
What has the response been?
US Vice-President Mike Pence condemned the “evil and cowardly” capturing.
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We condemn within the strongest phrases the evil & cowardly capturing at Chabad of Poway as we speak as Jewish households celebrated Passover. Nobody ought to be in concern in a home of worship. Antisemitism isn’t simply mistaken – it’s evil. https://t.co/hkLOCf0anp
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 27, 2019
Talking exterior the White Home, President Trump provided his “deepest sympathies”.
“At this second it seems like a hate crime, however my deepest sympathies to all these affected and we’ll unravel it,” he mentioned.
Minoo Anvari, whose husband was contained in the synagogue, advised the native CNN affiliate that the congregation was “standing collectively” within the wake of the assault.
“We’re robust. You possibly can’t break us,” she mentioned.
Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mentioned on Twitter that she was “heartbroken” by the information.
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Heartbroken to listen to of the San Diego synagogue capturing, notably so on this last day of Passover.
We’ve a accountability to like + shield our neighbors.
The longer the Senate delays holding a vote on #HR8, the extra we put People in danger.https://t.co/ef9FURMFQ5
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 27, 2019