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1 dead, 3 injured after 19-y-o white supremacist opens fire at synagogue on last day of Passover

Suspected white supremacist John T. Earnest, 19, surrendered to a police after walking into Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego on Saturday and opening fire with an AR-style rifle, killing Lori Kayne, 60, and injuring Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Noya Dahan, 8, and Almog Peretz, 34, authorities said.

Details:

  • An off-duty Border Patrol agent working as a security guard at the synagogue fired several shots at the shooter, who fled.
  • Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein said after the attacker shot him, “miraculously the gun jammed.”
  • “We didn’t hear him screaming or saying anything. He was just focused to kill. You saw the hate and the murder in his eyes,” said witness Danny Almong. “He had a vest and he had clips in the vest. He was ready. He was ready. He came in to kill.”
  • A “manifesto” attributed to Earnest spewed white supremacist propaganda, listed the Christchurch and Pittsburgh synagogue shootings as direct inspirations.
  • Earnest was seemingly trying to mimic Brenton Tarrant, the white supremacist terrorist who killed 50 Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch, NZ. Earnest posted on 8chan prior to the attack, copied Tarrant’s writing style in his “manifesto,” and apparently attempted to livestream the shooting.
  • In the writings, Earnest makes clear his strong dislike for both President Trump and conservatives in general, calling the former a “Zionist, Jew-loving, anti-White, traitorous c********r” and the latter “spineless cowards” and “insufferable “f*****s.”
  • A 34-year-old man is being hailed as a hero for suffering a gunshot to the leg while rescuing numerous children.
  • President Trump and Vice President Pence have both spoken out about the attack: