Multiple People Including Children Injured at Synagogue Chabad of Poway, Suspect in Custody


At least four people were injured, including children, following a shooting at a San Diego area synagogue, local authorities said.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Office said that a man is in custody and being question by investigators and they do not believe there are other suspects.

“We don’t believe there are any other suspects,” a spokesperson for San Diego police told The Daily Beast.

According to a preliminary investigation, deputies responded to Chabad of Poway just before 11:30 a.m PST after reports of a man with a gun and a shooting that was underway, the San Diego Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the spokesperson, there are multiple patients and at least four victims have been transported to nearby hospital, Palomar Medical Center.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who reportedly founded the Chabad center in 1986, was shot and lost two fingers, according to local reports.

The Palomar Medical Center Poway confirmed to The Daily Beast they received four patients, but only one trauma patient from the shooting, a hospital spokesman said.

The shooting comes on the last day of passover. According to the event announcement on the synagogue’s website, they were hosting a Passover Holiday Celebration that began at 11 a.m. and was set to end at 7 p.m. with a final Passover meal.

“Deputies investigate reports of a man with a gun. Please stay clear of the area and allow deputies to safely do their job. Thank you for your patience and cooperation,” read a tweet from the San Diego County Sheriff Office twitter account.

“Please stay clear of the area and allow deputies to safely do their job. Thank you for your patience and cooperations.”

The shooting falls exactly six months after nearly a dozen people were shot and killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue during morning services.

The shooter, Robert Bowers, 46, entered the Tree of Life synagogue just after 10 a.m, reportedly shouting “all Jews must die” before opening fire and killing 11 people.

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