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Shooting At Chabad Synagogue Near San Diego Kills One, Injures Three; Suspect In Custody

Posted at 7:24 PM, Apr 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-27 19:24:37-04

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Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California. God bless you all. Suspect apprehended. Law enforcement did outstanding job. Thank you!

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The Chabad synagogue serves as a community center for ultra-Orthodox Jews, and Chabads in general are known for reaching out to non-Orthodox Jews to encourage them to partake in Jewish life and join some celebrations.

Minoo Anvari said one of the people shot was her friend, and that her husband called her after the shooting.

“My husband said ‘she’s down’ and they tried to stop the bleeding but immediately they had to take her to hospital,” Anvari said.

Meleen, the sheriff’s sergeant, said earlier Friday that when deputies arrived there were reports that two children were unaccounted for, but those children were found safe and reunited with their parents.

“As you can imagine, it was an extremely chaotic scene with people running everywhere when we got here,” Meleen said.

In October, a man fatally shot 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Suspected gunman Robert Bowers, 46, is charged with federal hate crime and other charges.

Poway is a city of around 50,000 north of San Diego.

“I want you to know, this is not Poway. The Poway that I know comes together just as we did a few weeks ago, in an inter-faith event,” Vaus said at a news conference. “We always walk with our arms around each other, and we will walk through this tragedy with our arms around each other.”

Law enforcement in other cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, said they were closely monitoring the situation.

“At this time there’s no nexus to Los Angeles, but in an abundance of caution, we will conduct high visibility patrols around synagogues & other houses of worship,” the LAPD tweeted.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington said it is “is shocked and alarmed at the second armed attack on a synagogue in the United States in six months.”

“Now our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones,” Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield said in a statement.

“But moving forward this must serve as yet another wake-up call that antisemitism is a growing and deadly menace,” she said. “The Holocaust is a reminder of the dangers of unchecked antisemitism and the way hate can infect a society. All Americans must unequivocally condemn it and confront it in wherever it appears.”