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Authorities step up patrols at places of worship following Poway synagogue shooting

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Posted at 7:44 AM, Apr 28, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-31 18:49:53-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Authorities are on high alert after one person was killed and three injured in a shooting at a synagogue in Poway Saturday morning.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore tweeted that the department would provide extra patrols at places of worship over the weekend.

“We encourage our communities to continue with scheduled events and other activities as normal. The suspect in the Poway incident today has been captured and we believe he acted alone,” the Sheriff’s department said.

The shooting happened at Chabad of Poway on the 16000 block of Chabad Way around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

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Authorities say the suspected shooter, John Earnest, 19, used an AR-15 assault weapon.

Witnesses inside the synagogue at the time of the shooting reported hearing more than a dozen shots and say the shooting lasted roughly 20 to 30 seconds.

An off-duty Border Patrol agent inside the synagogue followed the suspect when he tried to run away and shot at him, striking the Earnest’s car.

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A 60-year-old, identified by a friend as Lori Kaye, died after being rushed to the hospital.

Three other people, 34-year-old Almog Peretz, 57-year-old Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and a juvenile female, whose exact age is unknown at this time, were injured. All three are expected to be okay.

The 19-year-old suspect was booked into the San Diego Central Jail early Sunday morning.

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Earnest was booked for one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

He is scheduled to be in court on May 1.