Sacramento: Gunman opens fire in Poway synagogue, killing one and injuring multiple worshipers including Rabbi and children. Police in California have detained a man in relation to a shooting at a San Diego synagogue on Saturday afternoon that has one dead, and several injured.
The incident took place at the Chabad of Poway house of worship sometime after 11:30 local time, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office reported. So far four victims have been transported to the to Palomar Medical Center to be treated for their injuries. Steve Vaus, the mayor of Poway, said there has been ‘one fatality’ so far.
‘The shooter is someone with hate in their heart,’ the mayor said in a brief statement. One of the victims is said to be they synagogue’s Rabbi, Yisorel Goldstein, who founded the Chabad center in 1986. He was reportedly shot and lost two fingers.
The other three are said to include an unidentified adult and two minors, one aged 11. Multiple people have been sighted on the ground inside the house of worship, located at 16934 Chabad Way.
‘There are injuries. This is a developing situation,’ the department’s Poway Station said on Twitter. The department had earlier said deputies were investigating reports of a man with a gun in the area of the Congregation Chabad synagogue. Sheriff’s have confirmed that at least one person has been shot.
Authorities are confident there was one shooter involved. The shooting comes on the last day of Passover. According to the synagogue’s website, the congregation were hosting a Passover Holiday Celebration that began at 11 am and was set to end at 7pm with a final Passover meal. Two young girls are also reportedly missing in the wake of the shooting.