San Diego police have taken a man into custody in connection with a shooting incident at a synagogue in California on Saturday afternoon where at least four people were injured during a Passover celebration.
Derryl Acosta, a spokesman at Palomar Medical Center, said the hospital’s trauma center in Escondido, Calif., was expecting at least one patient and that one to four additional patients might also be on the way.
“A man has been detained for questioning in connection with a shooting incident at the Chabad of Poway synagogue,” the San Diego Sheriff’s Office Poway Station 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
The sheriff’s office said that deputies were called to the synagogue just before 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and asked people to stay away from the area as deputies do their job.
Walter Vandivort, who lives in the neighborhood of the synagogue, said he heard gunshots while he was indoors, reports The New York Times.
“Tragic news that a gunman has attacked Chabad of Poway synagogue, on this, the last day of Passover, a day that is supposed to be a celebration of faith and freedom,” said Rep. Scott Peters tweeted. “I am thinking of, and praying for, those hurt and affected.”
He added: “Today also marks 6 months to the day of the tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue In Pittsburgh. Enough. Enough hate. Enough gun violence. I stand with all Jewish Americans today.”
In October 2018, a man shouting anti-Semitic slurs opened fire inside a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing at least 11 congregants and wounding four police officers.
The shooting comes less than 24 hours after President Trump defended saying there were “very fine people on both sides” hours after the deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white nationalists and anti-fascist counterprotesters in 2017.
When Trump was asked about his original response to the rally and the attack on counterprotesters, he said, “I’ve answered that question, and if you look at what I said you will see that that question was answered perfectly.”
“I was talking about people that felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general whether you like it or not,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn before departing for the National Rifle Association’s annual convention.
The president claimed he had spoken to active duty generals who told him Lee, a U.S. Army officer who defected to the Confederate side and led the Army of Northern Virginia, was their “favorite general.”
“People were there protesting the taking down of the monument of Robert E. Lee,” Trump added. “Everybody knows that.”
Trump tries to defend his Charlottesville response by praising Robert E. Lee.
He claims the 'very fine people' remark was about people who "felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee. A great general, whether you like it or not."
Via Politico pic.twitter.com/01W4IwGx8y
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 26, 2019