Several People Injured in Synagogue Shooting

Several People Injured in Synagogue Shooting

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.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore held a joint press conference with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus around 2:20 p.m. PST to provide an update on the shooting at Chabad of Poway Synagogue.

One of the victims, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, suffered hand injuries. Their conditions were unknown, but officials said they were "stable".

"I also understand from folks on the scene that this shooter was engaged by people in the congregation and those fearless people certainly prevented this from being a much worse tragedy", Vaus told CNN.

A woman was killed and three people, including a juvenile, were injured at a synagogue in California on Saturday.

It is the last day of Passover and the synagogue had advertised on Facebook a service starting at 11am.

Founded in 1986 by Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Chabad of Poway is affiliated with Lubavitch, a branch within Orthodox Judaism's Hasidic movement.

Members of the community described it as a tight-knit place known for being safe and open to those of other faiths. According to the synagogue's website, the congregation were hosting a Passover Holiday Celebration that began at 11 am and was set to end at 7pm with a final Passover meal.

According to the Poway sheriff's office, a suspect has been detained.

Police said the suspect is also being questioned about a possible role in a nearby mosque arson last month.

The suspect, a 19-year-old white male whose identity was not immediately made public, fled the scene by auto and was arrested a short time later when he pulled over and surrendered to police, authorities said at a news conference. 'Everybody was crying and screaming'.

Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon appeared to link the attack to an anti-Semitic cartoon that appeared in the New York Times global edition over the weekend showing Trump and Netanyahu.

In a statement, Senator Kamala Harris said she was "disturbed" by the reports of the shooting.

The spokesperson added that they were expecting as many as four patients, reported the news broadcaster.

Before heading to Green Bay, Wisconsin for a rally, Trump offered his condolences to those impacted by the shooting.

"Let all who wish the Jewish people harm understand: we are a strong people and we are a united people and we will never be defeated by hatred". Suspect apprehended. Law enforcement did outstanding job.

In a later tweet, Vaus further condemned hate, saying the community of Poway always comes together.

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