One Dead In Passover Synagogue Shooting; Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Shot Back At 19-Year-Old Suspect

Update2: San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore confirmed John Earnest as the suspect. 

Update: The shooter has been confirmed as 19-year-old John T. Earnest. 

NBC San Diego reports that "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."  

President Trump - who the synagogue shooter allegedly disavowed as a "Zionist" - called the shooting a hate crime and offered his "deepest sympathies." 

Meanwhile, governor Gavin Newsom said in a tweet "Hate continues to fuel horrific and cowardice acts of violence across our state, country and world. It must be called out. CA stands with Poway."

As reported earlier, Earnest appears to have posted an "open letter" manifesto as well as a message on 8chan prior to the attack. See below for details. 


One woman is dead and at least 3 other people have been injured after a gunman opened fire on a Poway, California synagogue on Saturday just before 11:30 a.m. on the last day of Passover. 

The mayor of the northern San Diego suburb, Steve Vaus, confirmed the death to NBC 7 just after 1:30 p.m.

The suspect - a 19-year-old man, was detained down the road from the synagogue, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Aaron Meleen. 

The Chabad synagogue serves as a community center for ultra-Orthodox Jews, according to NBC News

According to local Steve Werby, who spoke with a Deputy Sheriff, has been monitoring the police radio bands, and whose wife was on scene, said that two children were injured, while two others are missing. 

Werby also said that police were preparing to enter the home of the suspect, who lives with his parents - and that Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein lost two fingers in the attack

He also tweeted: "According to an adult inside the synogogue during the shooting at Chabad of Poway synogogue, there were 6 or 7 shots, screams, then 6 or 7 more shots. Source is my wife who is talking to the adult."

While currently unconfirmed - internet sleuths have tenatively identified the suspect a 19-year-old local John Earnest - who appears to have posted about the attack on the 8chan prior to the incident.

There is also an "open letter" manifesto in which Earnest explains that he is a "man of European ancestry," who says he also "scorched a mosque in Escondido a week after Brenton Tarrant's sacrifice," referring to last month's New Zealand Mosque shooter which the manifesto says was the "catalyst for mer personally." 

Of note, there was an early morning arson at a nearby Mosque in Escondido, California on March 24th which remains unsolved. While several people were sleeping inside, one person who was awake spotted the flames and managed to put out the fire. 

Members of Escondido’s Muslim community talk about the apparent arson attack. (OnSceneTV)

The potential suspect's "manifesto" also has a series of Q&As in which he says he is not a Trump supporter.  

“Are you a Trump supporter?”

You mean that Zionist, Jew-loving, anti-White, traitorous cocksucker? Don’t make me laugh. -Manifesto

Here is the potential suspect's 8chan post. Again, this is unconfirmed as of this writing. 

The "Manifesto" reads: 

To my brothers in blood. Make sure that my sacrifice was not in vain. Spread this letter, make memes, shitpost, FIGHT BACK, REMEMBER ROBERT BOWERS, REMEMBER BRENTON TARRANT, filter the religious D&C, and filter the schizos who will inevitably call this a ‘false flag.’ Something to note, people grossly overestimate the police’s ability to solve ‘crimes’ such as ‘arson’ and ‘murder.’ Lots of threads about ‘Feds are talking to me guys because I post on 8chan, it’s so spooky’ are ‘organically’ popping up. What a load of shit meant to try to scare the goyim and prevent retaliation.

The author of the note claims to be a "a 19 year old nursing student from the depths of Commiefornia." 

For more live developments, follow journalist Nick Monroe's thread by clicking on the tweet below: 

Act quickly though - it appears Twitter is hard at work censoring Nick's information: