‘It was a hate crime’: One dead, several injured in synagogue shooting in San Diego area
At least four people were shot by a gunman at a synagogue outside of San Diego on Saturday as the Jewish community marked the last day of Passover.
The shooting occurred at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, California. Police said they responded to reports of a gunman at 11:30 a.m.
Law enforcement said they detained a man for questioning in connection with shooting.
Authorities said the wounded were taken to Palomar Medical Center. According to the hospital, 4 patients were admitted to the trauma unit around 12:30 p.m. Their condition was not immediately clear.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said there was one fatality. Members of the congregation engaged in the gunman, Vaus said, preventing greater tragedy.
“It was a hate crime,” Vaus told MSNBC.
Tweet 1: Update #1: A man has been detained for questioning in connection with a shooting incident at the Chabad of Poway synagogue. @SDSOPoway Deputies were called to Chabad Way just before 11:30 a.m. There are injuries. This is a developing situation.
Update 2: Those wounded in the Chabad of Poway #synagogueshooting were taken to Palomar Medical Center @PalomarHealth. Please respect the medical privacy of victims & their families during this difficult time. Remain clear of the area as this investigation will take several hours
The FBI is also on the scene where it’s working with local law enforcement.
Congressman Scott Peters expressed condolences to those affected by the shooting, noting that it occurred on the last day of Passover.
Tragic news that a gunman has attacked Chabad of Poway synagogue, on this, the last day of Passover, a day that is supposed to be a celebration of faith and freedom. I am thinking of, and praying for, those hurt and affected.
Poway is located about 20 miles north of San Diego.
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