One person was killed and four injured on Saturday when a gunman burst into a Chabad of Poway synagogue hosting a celebration on the last night of Passover, reports said.
The injured, including two children, were transported to hospitals from the scene, at the Chabad of Poway synagogue north of San Diego, ABC 10 in San Diego reports.
A 19-year-old man – not yet identified – has been detained for questioning in connection with the incident, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore tweeted, confirming “there are injuries.”
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein – the founder of the synagogue -was shot and lost two fingers, reports say.
The Palomar Medical Center of Poway said it has received the four patients, and one is being treated in the trauma unit, a hospital spokesperson said.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department said authorities were called to the synagogue in San Diego around 11:30 a.m. local time, just as the synagogue kicked off the celebration, which a Facebook post said was set to culminate at 7 p.m. with a “final holiday meal with matzah, wine, and appetizers.”
San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore warned people around 1 p.m. local time to “stay clear of the area” and “beware of increased law enforcement” as deputies “investigate reports of a man with a gun.”
The shooting happened on the six-month anniversary of the Pittsburgh synagogue attacks, when Robert Bowers gunned down 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27 — the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history.
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