Shooting at California synagogue leaves at least one dead, two injured – The Denver Channel
POWAY, Calif. — San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at a synagogue that left one person dead in Poway, California, on Saturday afternoon.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus confirmed one person was killed in the shooting. Authorities have also confirmed that three others have been injured.
The incident was reported at the Congregation Chabad located at 16934 Chabad Way sometime before 11:30 a.m., the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office twitter account reported.
“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,” said the tweet.
A suspect, described only as a man, has been detained for questioning, the sheriff’s office said.
Scripps affiliate KGTV learned that at least two people were shot and were transported to Palomar Medical Center.
One of the victims, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, suffered hand injuries. His condition is unknown. A witness said that despite his injuries, the rabbi was trying to calm worshippers and the gunman.
The Family Assistance Center at Poway High, 15500 Espola Road, was designed as the meeting place for synagogue goers who got separated during the shooting.
The Sheriff’s Department tweeted that eastbound Espola Road at Summerfield Lane and westbound Espola Road at Avenida Florencia would be closed through the morning of Sunday, April 28th.
The synagogue was hosting its Passover Holiday Celebration which was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., according to an event announcement. The celebration was to end at 7 p.m. with a final Passover meal.
One witness said that he heard three shots then dropped to the floor for cover. He said he heard a total of 15 shots and that the shooting lasted between 20-30 seconds.
It’s unknown how many people were inside the synagogue at the time of the shooting.
Saturday’s shooting comes six months after nearly a dozen people were shot and killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Robert Bowers is accused of gunning down a total of 18 worshippers, killing 11 of them, at the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, 2018.
President Donald Trump responded on Twitter to Saturday’s incident.
“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!” Trump tweeted.