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Alleged San Diego Synagogue Shooter Was Inspired By Pittsburgh, New Zealand Shootings

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April 27, 2019
San Diego Police secure the scene of a shooting incident at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, north of San Diego, California, U.S. April 27, 2019. REUTERS/John Gastaldo

A report from NBC News alleges the man suspected of the April 27 shooting at a San Diego synagogue was inspired by the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh in October and the New Zealand shootings in March.

According to the report, the 19-year-old suspected shooter allegedly said in an online manifesto posted before the April 27 shooting that he was the one responsible for the arson attack at a mosque in Escondido in San Diego on March 24.

The shooter killed 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was a pillar of the community at the Chabad of Poway and injured three others, including the Chabad Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and a child. All three are listed in stable condition.

The alleged shooter reportedly wore a helmet and a bulletproof vest and fired around 12 to 14 shots inside the synagogue. An off-duty Border Patrol agent chased after the shooter when he tried to escape the scene. The officer hit the alleged shooter’s vehicle. The alleged shooter subsequently called 911. When a police officer found him driving the suspect pulled over and surrendered.

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