Who is John T. Earnest? Male Suspect in Deadly Poway Synagogue Shooting

Who is John T. Earnest? Male Suspect in Deadly Poway Synagogue Shooting

Kerry Wise
April 29, 2019

A shooting at a synagogue outside San Diego where worshippers were celebrating the last day of Passover has left one woman dead and three people Saturday.

During the cable news network's coverage at 4:48 p.m. PT, anchors Alisyn Camerota and Don Lemon said Sidner had just arrived at the Chabad of Poway, just north of San Diego, California.

A 60-year-old woman was killed in the attack, with the community's rabbi wounded as well. She was transferred to a children's hospital and will be monitored overnight.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said the police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were investigating Earnest's "possible involvement" in an unsolved arson on March 24 at the Islamic Center of Escondido.

Synagogue members talk to a San Diego County Sheriff's deputy outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on April 27, 2019, in Poway, Calif.

Four people were taken to Palomar Medical Center, including one female juvenile, two adult males and an older female. He was able to pull the suspect over, at which time he put his hands up and was taken into custody with no further incident.

"Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California", Trump wrote.

US President Donald Trump offered his "deepest sympathies to the families of those affected" by the shooting.

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"No known threats however in an abundance of caution, we will be providing extra patrol at places of worship". One person died and three others were injured in the synagogue shooting.

Earnest, a Rancho Penasquitos resident who had earlier penned an anti-Semitic screed on social media, surrendered to a San Diego police officer a short distance away, according to the publication.

Unaware that his wife had been fatally wounded when she leaped in front of Brooklyn-born Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, saving his life, her physician-hubby raced over to help victims of the bloodbath.

The synagogue is Congregation Chabad, CNN affiliate KGTV reported.

The shooting occurred six months to the day since 11 people were killed at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The Mayor of Poway says those in the congregation "engaged" the shooter. The local mayor said the crime was hate-motivated.

Rabbi Yonah Fradkin, executive director of Chabad of San Diego County, called Kay "a true woman of valor" and said she "lost her life exclusively for living as a Jew", the Associated Press reported. "He may have been off duty but his talents for Law Enforcement weren't!"

"For this to happen only a week later at the end of the Passover, only a week after Easter is horrific", he told the network.