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Woman Killed, 3 People Injured in California Synagogue Shooting

What we know so far:

  • At least one woman is dead, a girl and two men were injured. 
  • Suspect has been identified as John Earnest, 19. 
  • An off-duty Border Patrol agent believed to be inside the synagogue shot at the suspect as he fled, but did not hit him. 
  • Police said the suspect is also being questioned about a possible role in a nearby mosque arson last month. 

Poway, Calif. — A shooting at a synagogue outside San Diego where worshippers were celebrating the last day of Passover on Saturday left one woman dead and three others injured, authorities said. The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old John Earnest, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said.

Earnest entered Chabad of Poway and opened fire on worshippers, police said. The weapon appeared to be an AR-15 rifle, Gore said.

Gore said an off-duty Border Patrol agent believed to be inside the synagogue shot at the suspect as he fled. The sheriff said the agent didn’t hit him but struck his car.

Gore said Earnest is being investigated for a possible role in a nearby mosque arson last month. Earnest did not have a history with police prior to Saturday’s shooting.

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said the 19-year-old suspect called police to report the shooting and a California Highway Patrol officer heard it on a police scanner, saw the suspect and pulled him over. Nisleit said the suspect got out of his car with his hands up and he was taken into custody without incident.

Witnesses told CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB the suspect showed little emotion as he was taken into custody.

Gore said a woman died from her injuries. A girl and two men are being treated at local hospitals. Gore said they are in stable condition.

Earlier, a source told CBS News that a rabbi was among the people who were shot.

Photo Credit : DENIS POROY / AP

More here:  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/poway-synagogue-shooting-suspect-john-earnest-in-custody-after-1-dead-3-injured-today-live-updates-2019-04-27/


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