Armed Off Duty Border Patrol Agent Stops California Synagogue Shooting, Media Silent

Stunning developments have emerged in the wake of the California Synagogue Shooting where 1 person died and 3 others were wounded.

Early Saturday morning A 19-year-old man armed with a semi automatic rifle opened fire inside a Southern California Synagogue on Saturday as worshipers prepared to celebrate the last day of Passover, killing a woman and injuring three others, authorities said.

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According to Fox News, An unidentified off-duty border patrol agent who was inside Chabad of Poway synagogue fired at the shooter – identified later as John Earnest – missing him, but striking his getaway vehicle, authorities said.

While in the vehicle, Earnest called 911 to report the shooting, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said. When an officer reached the man on a roadway, “the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody,” he added.

Two men and a girl  including the Rabbi were wounded and transported to the hospital. They were said to be currently in stable condition.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said [at a news conference later Saturday] that FBI and homicide agents have interviewed Earnest and they are looking into his social media accounts.

He also stated that they are investigating reports that the 19-year-old, who had no prior contact with law enforcement before Saturday, had written an anti-Jewish screed online.

The sheriff’s department said they believe Earnest acted alone.

“The Sheriff’s Department would like to assure our communities that there are no known threats to religious gatherings. We encourage our communities to continue with scheduled events and other activities as normal,” the statement said.

President Trump offered his sympathies Saturday, saying the shooting “looked like a hate crime,” and called it “hard to believe.”

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“Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California. God bless you all,” Trump also tweeted. “Suspect apprehended. Law enforcement did outstanding job. Thank you!”

He then praised the off-duty patrol agent who shot at Earnest inside the synagogue.

“Sincerest THANK YOU to our great Border Patrol Agent who stopped the shooter at the Synagogue in Poway, California,” Trump wrote. “He may have been off duty but his talents for Law Enforcement weren’t!” [Read More]

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