One dead after man opens fire on worshippers at California Synagogue

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One dead after man opens fire on worshippers at California Synagogue

A girl and two men are in hospital in a stable condition.


Two people hug as another talks to a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue (Denis Poroy/AP)
Two people hug as another talks to a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue (Denis Poroy/AP)

A 19-year-old man armed with a rifle opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego as worshippers celebrated the last day of Passover, killing a woman and wounding three people, authorities have said.

The man, whose name was not released, fled in a car and called police shortly afterwards to say he was involved in the shooting at Chabad of Poway, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit told reporters.

When an officer reached the man, “the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody,” Mr Nisleit said.

The officer found an AR-type rifle in the front passenger seat.

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San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, centre, outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue (Denis Poroy/AP)

San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said at a news conference that he had no details on motive. Authorities said they were reviewing copies of his social media posts.

There was no known threat after the man was detained, but authorities boosted patrols at places of worship as a precaution, Mr Nisleit said.

An off-duty Border Patrol agent inside the synagogue in the city of Poway, just over 20 miles north of San Diego, opened fire as the shooter fled but did not hit him, Mr Gore said.

Minoo Anvari told CNN that she was a member of Chabad of Poway and her husband was inside during the shooting.

She said he called to tell her the shooter was shouting and cursing.

She called the shooting “unbelievable”, adding: “We are strong, we are united, they can’t break us.”

Authorities said a girl and two men were wounded.

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US president Donald Trump offered his “deepest sympathies to the families of those affected”.

He spoke from the South Lawn of the White House before flying to a rally in Wisconsin.

Passover began on April 19 and was ending Saturday.

Press Association

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