By JN Staff
According to a report from CNN, a shooting took place at the Chabad of Poway during a Passover celebration on April 27. Police were called to the scene around 11:30 a.m. A 19-year-old male, identified as John Earnest, has been taken into custody. After fleeing the scene in his vehicle, he called 911 and turned himself into authorities.
During the shooting, an off-duty armed Border Patrol agent at the synagogue fired at Earnest as he was fleeing the scene, and was said to have hit his vehicle.
News reports further indicated Earnest was armed with an “AR-type assault weapon” during the attack. The investigation also led to the discovery of an online letter written by Earnest filled with statements about killing Jews. The letter also referenced the recent shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue and Christchurch mosques.
Two adults, including the congregation’s own 57-year-old Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, 34-year-old male congregant Almog Peretz, and nine-year-old Noya Dahan have been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Lori Kaye, a 60-year-old congregant, died yesterday after being hospitalized with gun-related injuries. She was attending the service to say Kaddish for her mother, and jumped to action during the attack to protect other congregants.
This is a developing story – The DJN will continue to follow.