A horrific scene unfolded yesterday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego that left a 60-year-old woman named Lori Gilbert-Kaye dead and three others wounded, including the Rabbi, on the last day of Passover. John T. Earnest, 19, was arrested for carrying out the attack and his manifesto is starkly anti-Trump and anti-Semitic. SA Today, CBS, and other outlets reported that the killer authored a “manifesto” similar to that of the shooter in the New Zealand mosque massacre, and cited that incident as his inspiration.
Mixed in with the terror were the courageous acts of an off-duty Border Patrol agent who worked as a guard at the synagogue. He chased the shooter and the officer drew his weapon and opened fire, hitting the suspect’s vehicle as he fled. President Trump tweeted his gratitude for that agent’s heroic actions. “Sincerest THANK YOU to our great Border Patrol Agent who stopped the shooter at the Synagogue in Poway, California. He may have been off duty but his talents for Law Enforcement weren’t!”
The three injured victims were identified as Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was shot in the fingers; an eight-year-old girl visiting from Israel; and the girl’s 34-year-old uncle Almog Peretz, also visiting from Israel. Poway Mayor Steve Vaus stated: “This shooter was engaged by people in the congregation and those brave people certainly prevented this from being a much worse tragedy.”
The manifesto author states that his end goal is to prompt the U.S. government to begin confiscating guns, predicting that a civil war will ensue. The author said he had been planning the attack for four weeks.
“My God understands why I did what I did,” the writer says, adding that he planned to stream the shooting on Facebook, just as video was posted of the March 15th New Zealand attack. But a spokesperson for Facebook said no evidence of a video related to the Poway shooting was found.
In a press conference, police said there may be ‘digital evidence’ linking Earnest to a mosque arson last month that also took place in California.
In the document that the media are identifying as the killer’s twisted manifesto, which was posted online under his name around the time of the attack, the author referred to Trump as a “Zionist, Jew-loving, anti-White, traitorous, c**ksucker” and said that “every Jew is responsible for the meticulously planned genocide of the European race.” He wrote much more and much worse in the document.
Sincerest THANK YOU to our great Border Patrol Agent who stopped the shooter at the Synagogue in Poway, California. He may have been off duty but his talents for Law Enforcement weren’t!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2019
Earnest, a nursing student and on the dean’s list at California State University, San Marcos, walked into Congregation Chabad in Poway and began opening fire. The three wounded are in stable condition. Ostensibly, he chose yesterday because Passover is a holiday commemorating the Jewish people’s liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt. This was the epitome of a hate crime.
The suspect fled and was later taken into custody shortly after calling the police to say he had shot up the Jewish house of worship. Earnest is believed to have used an AR-type assault weapon. There were indications that the gun might have malfunctioned after firing numerous rounds inside the synagogue, said San Diego County Sheriff William Gore. He said the shooting is being investigated as a homicide, while officials are evaluating possible violations of state hate crime statutes. Typical California progressive bureaucracy.
"As the suspect fled the scene, an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent who was in the synagogue at the time of the shooting opened fire on the suspect, missing the man but striking his vehicle, Sheriff Bill Gore said." https://t.co/LGnVA8eT25
— Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) April 27, 2019
“A user self-identifying himself as John Earnest posted a white nationalist open letter to the far-right message board 8chan. He also used the username “JohnTEarnest” to post the letter on a document hosting site,” reported NBC News. CNN reported on the open letter that spoke of killing Jewish people without making actual reference to Poway or the synagogue involved in the shooting.
“In the open letter, Earnest talks about planning the attack and references other attacks on houses of worship, including the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh as well the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. Earnest also talks about his disdain for Jews and claims responsibility for a mosque fire in Escondido a week and a half after the attacks in Christchurch,” CNN reports.
BREAKING: NBC San Diego reports that an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent who was in the Poway synagogue opened fire on the suspect and prevented the attack from being significantly worse.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 27, 2019
“According to the Jerusalem Post, the manifesto’s author decries “international Jewry” for “sealing the doom” of the “European race” and goes on to accuse Jews of a litany of wrongdoings, including exerting inordinate power over the economy and media. The manifesto also blames Jews for their so-called “role” in the propagation of Marxism and pornography. Further, the author blames Jews for what he describes as the “persecution of Christians,” including the killing of Jesus Christ and prophets such as Isaiah and Jeremiah.
“Every Jew young and old has contributed to these. For these crimes they deserve nothing but hell. I will send them there,” the post reads.
“Make sure to call me a ‘white supremacist’ and ‘anti-semite’ or whatever bullshit you spew to spook the normalfags,” another part reads. “It doesn’t even matter. You’ve been calling every White person alive those names for decades—they’ve lost all their meaning.”
“The manifesto also includes a “lightning round” — a question and answer section in which Earnest discusses his hatred of President Donald Trump and reveals he is inspired by Adolf Hitler, Tree of Life Synagogue shooter Robert Bowers, and New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant.
“NBC News further reported: “The shooter claims in the Q-and-A section to eschew political ideology, saying he does not support Donald Trump because of his support for Israel. The writer also complains that conservatives aren’t violent enough in support of their politics.”
“Are you a Trump supporter?” one question reads. “You mean that Zionist, Jew-loving, anti-White, traitorous c**ksucker? Don’t make me laugh,” the answer says.
“Another question asks if the author is a “conservative?” The answer states:
“I am not a useless, spineless coward so no—I am not a conservative. Conservative is a misnomer. They conserve nothing. They’ll complain all they want but they won’t take up arms and threaten their government with death (the only thing that works). Ever heard about the Battle of Athens (1946)? Find your balls again you insufferable faggots. If you do not defend your rights you deserve none.
“The Associated Press reports Earnest has no criminal record, but investigators were looking into a claim he made in the manifesto about setting a fire at a mosque in nearby Escondido last month. “I scorched a mosque in Escondido with gasoline a week after” the New Zealand mosque attack shootings, wrote Earnest per the Los Angeles Times, adding that the people inside “woke up and put out the fire pretty much immediately after I drove away which was unfortunate.”
“President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other lawmakers condemned the shooting, which took place exactly six months since 11 people were shot at a Pittsburgh synagogue. “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!” the president tweeted.”
Update #1: A man has been detained for questioning in connection with a shooting incident at the Chabad of Poway synagogue. @SDSOPoway Deputies were called to Chabad Way just before 11:30 a.m. There are injuries. This is a developing situation.
— Poway Station (@SDSOPoway) April 27, 2019
I hate to break it to the shooter, but Jesus Christ was a Jew. Deal with it. I’m a conservative Christian and no real Christian would ever do something like this guy just did. It’s evil beyond belief. Earnest wore a tactical vest and a helmet during his attack… he sounds like a coward to me.
Once again, a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy before he could kill more people. That Border Patrol agent is a hero but I would not hold my breath on the mainstream media reporting it that way.
Synagogue member Minoo Anvari said, “One message from all of us in our congregation is that we are standing together, we are getting stronger. Never again. You can’t break us. We are strong.” “Never again,” indeed. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who I understand lost two fingers in the shootout, went back to his sermon for the last day of Passover after trying to calm the gunman down. That’s real courage and a true man of faith.
Update#2 Those wounded in the Chabad of Poway #synagogueshooting were taken to Palomar Medical Center @PalomarHealth. Please respect the medical privacy of victims & their families during this difficult time. Remain clear of the area as this investigation will take several hours
— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) April 27, 2019
A man has been detained in connection with a shooting that caused injuries at a synagogue in Southern California, the San Diego County sheriff's office says on Twitter. https://t.co/L8VW3WmFaw
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 27, 2019
According to its Facebook page, Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego had a Passover celebration starting at 11 AM (Pacific Time).
The shooting reportedly happened just before 11:30 AM, per the Poway Sheriff. pic.twitter.com/FFKhNJk5B2
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) April 27, 2019
#BREAKING: Reports of several injuries, including children, in a shooting inside the #Chabad of Poway, #California. Just across the city of #SanDiego. #Jews are celebrating the last day of #Passover today. https://t.co/rXvVPtgpLq
— Anna Ahronheim (@AAhronheim) April 27, 2019
Poway Synagogue Shooting Update:
19-year-old John Earnest identified as suspect according to multiple law enforcement sources @NBCNews has spoken to. Authorities have surrounded Earnest'sn Rancho Penasquitos home. He also published a
racist manifesto. #NBC7 pic.twitter.com/VY0njjQ3zG
— Omari Fleming (@OmariNBCSD) April 27, 2019