A 34-year-old man wounded in a synagogue in the San Diego area on Saturday when a gunfire broke out was praised as a hero for saving several children from a hail of bullets.
The gunman, identified as 19-year-old John Earnest by the authorities, allegedly opened the fire with an assault rifle in the Chabad of Poway synagogue when worshipers were ready to celebrate the final day of the Passover. One woman was killed and three people were injured.
"(The gunner) only shot, shot, shot, shot. How crazy. Just splash, "said Danny Almog, whose friend Almog Peretz was shot in the leg while escorting children to safety, FOX 5 San Diego reported
" (the gunman) just shot, shot, shot, shot. How crazy. Just inject. "
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they to the nearby exits.
"He grabbed all the children in his hands and was running to the exit (when he saw another child there," Almog told the news station.) He grabbed him and ran and (then the shooter shot him in the leg He ran away with the kids and just ran out. "
Peretz recovered Saturday night in a hospital, along with a rabbi who was shot in the hand and a young girl who was shot All are expected to survive. "Lori Kaye, 60, died of her injuries.
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A border patrol agent in the synagogue fires Earnest called for 911 after the shootout and identified himself as the shooter, the authorities said.
The authorities said that Earnest had put an anti-Jewish scaffold online and was going to join in investigated an arson attack that damaged a mosque near Escondido last month. No injuries were reported in this fire.
Shooting on Saturday is being investigated as a potential hate crime.