A woman was killed and three were injured in a shooting at a synagogue outside San Diego Saturday. A law enforcement source tells ABC News the suspect appeared to fire “more than 10 rounds” before leaving, noting it all happened very quickly. “[We were] outside in front of our house and heard about six gunshots, a pause, some yelling and then another six or seven gunshots,” neighbor Chris Folts said.
The San Diego County sheriff’s office said on Twitter that a man has been detained in connection with “a shooting incident” that took place at the Chabad of Poway synagogue. Poway is located around 20 miles north of San Diego.
The sheriff’s office said on Twitter that all those injured were taken to Palomar Medical Center. The hospital has confirmed it received four injured people. Mayor Steve Vaus later said one person had been killed in the shooting, which he described as a possible hate crime. The three other people who were injured have non-life-threatening injuries. One of the victims appears to be the rabbi who was conducting service, who suffered hand injuries, according to the local ABC affiliate 10News.
Rabbi Yisorel Goldstein reportedly continued with his sermon after he was wounded as he called on members to stay strong, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. “The rabbi and two other people were injured,” synagogue member Minoo Anvari, whose husband was inside when the shooting broke out, said. “One guy was shooting at everybody and cursing.”
The synagogue was targeted by “someone with hate in their heart … towards our Jewish community and that just will not stand,” Vaus said.
The synagogue’s website states that prayers are held at 10 a.m. on Saturdays followed by a children’s program at 11 a.m. The synagogue was also hosting a Passover Holiday Celebration on Saturday that was set to start at 11 a.m.
The shooting took place exactly six months after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people on October 27.
*This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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