Will These Hate Crimes Never End? There’s The 4/27/2019 Mass Shooting At California Synagogue

Chabad of Poway 16934 Chabad way Poway, CA 92064.

On the 27th of April, 2019 and shortly before noon, PST/ 3:00 ET, there has been another mass shooting of a synagogue in the San Diego, California area where 3 attendees were injured plus one woman was fatally wounded while they they were celebrating Passover. The suspect has been taken into custody and he has been identified as a white 19 year old male student, John Earnest.

This is a developing story where updates will be posted as more information becomes available.

Here’s a 4/27/2019 tweet by Rev. Barber:

Yesterday the President justified anti-Semitic white nationalists, saying they just loved Robert E. Lee. Today, another synagogue has been attacked. The hate has gone too far. Love must rise.

As per the 4/27/2019 Daily Beast report, “Shooting at San Diego Area Synagogue, Children Among the Injured” by Audrey McNamara and Pilar Melendez, “At least four people were injured (with one being a fatality), including children, following a mass shooting at a San Diego area synagogue, local authorities said.”

“The San Diego Sheriff’s Office said that a man is in custody and being question by investigators, and “we don’t believe there are any other suspects,” a spokesperson told The Daily Beast. The man’s name has not been released.”

The shooting comes on the last day of passover. According to the event announcement on the synagogue’s website, they were hosting a Passover Holiday Celebration that began at 11 a.m. and was set to end at 7 p.m. with a final Passover meal.

Steve Werby@stevewerby

Shooting inside the Chabad of Poway, California. Just across city of San Diego border. During religious services. At least one person shot. 2 children injured. 2 children missing. My source is deputy sheriff via direct conversation, police band, and relative of person at Chabad.

San Diego Sheriff


Be aware of increased law enforcement activity in the 16000 block of Chabad Way as @SDSOPoway Deputies investigate reports of a man with a gun. Please stay clear of the area and allow deputies to safely do their job. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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Chabad of Poway
“Deputies investigate reports of a man with a gun. Please stay clear of the area and allow deputies to safely do their job. Thank you for your patience and cooperation,” read a tweet from the San Diego County Sheriff Office twitter account.

“Please stay clear of the area and allow deputies to safely do their job. Thank you for your patience and cooperations.”

San Diego Sheriff


Update#2 Those wounded in the Chabad of Poway were taken to Palomar Medical Center @PalomarHealth. Please respect the medical privacy of victims & their families during this difficult time. Remain clear of the area as this investigation will take several hours

Chabad of Poway
“The shooting falls exactly six months after nearly a dozen people were shot and killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue during morning services.”

“The FBI office in San Diego said agents are working with local officials.”

“According to a preliminary investigation, deputies responded to Chabad of Poway just before 11:30 a.m PST after reports that a man with a gun opened fire at the synagogue, the San Diego Sheriff’s Office said. It was not immediately clear if the shooting took place inside or outside the building.”

“Police believe the a man walked into the Chabad synagogue and “started shooting” resulting in “a lot of injuries” in various degrees, the spokesperson said.”

“Police said that there were multiple patients and at least four people were transported Palomar Medical Center.

Chabad of Poway

“A spokesperson at the Palomar Medical Center Poway confirmed to The Daily Beast the hospital received 4 patients, but only one trauma patient from a shooting at the Poway synagogue. Multiple reports said that two children were among the injured.”

“The Chabad center was founded in 1986 as a congregation “for Jews of all backgrounds who want to learn more about their Jewish roots,” according to their website.”

San Diego Sheriff


Update#2 Those wounded in the Chabad of Poway were taken to Palomar Medical Center @PalomarHealth. Please respect the medical privacy of victims & their families during this difficult time. Remain clear of the area as this investigation will take several hours

UPDATE 4/28/2019 FROM BOSTON 25 NEWS:Here’s what we know about the suspected shooter, John Earnest, 19, of Rancho Penasquitos:

1. “Deputies said he was armed “with an assault-type rifle” when he entered Chabad of Poway about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Earnest fired multiple rounds, ran from the synagogue and fled in a vehicle. An off-duty Border Patrol agent then shot at Earnest, striking his vehicle, deputies said. Earnest, who had no previous arrests, called 911 was taken into custody by San Diego police, deputies said. ”

2. “One woman was killed in the shooting. According to CNN, witnesses said Lori Kaye, 60, of Poway, was shielding 57-year-old Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein from the gunman when she was shot. Kaye was taken to the hospital, where she died, CNN reported.” 

Steve Price


Her name is Lori Gilbert Kaye and she is a hero. She took a bullet to save her rabbi’s life. She died at the hospital… her rabbi survived.

“Chabad of San Diego County’s executive director, Rabbi Yonah Fradkin, said in a statement that three others were hurt: Goldstein; Almog Peretz, 34; and Noya Dahan, 8. Goldstein’s index fingers were injured in the attack, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Peretz suffered a gunshot wound to the leg as he led a group of children to safety, witnesses said. Dahan was hurt when shrapnel struck her face and leg, the newspaper  reported.”

Tom Jones


This hero is 34-year-old Almog Peretz. During the Chabad shooting, Peretz was described as “scooping up kids to safety.” Luckily his injuries are not life-threatening.



This is 8 year old Noya Dahan.

She is one of the victims of the Chabad of Synagogue Shooting.

Only senseless evil can do this to a child.

4. “Authorities are investigating whether he wrote an anti-Semitic “open letter” and claimed to have set fire to a local mosque, the Islamic Center of Escondido, in March. The writer of the manifesto, which made the rounds on social media, said Jews “disgust” him and praised the perpetrators of last year’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and last month’s New Zealand mosque attacks, the Union-Tribune reported. ”

5. “He may have planned to stream Saturday’s shooting online, according to another post on social media. But the livestream “apparently did not happen,” the Union-Tribune reported.”


  1. Gronda, this is horrible. What is frightful is the killers seem to come from more reasonable family backgrounds. That is troubling that people can be influenced to do these kinds of things. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      These hate crimes need to end. Stopping the outright sales of AR-15 type rifles would be a start or at least raise the age requirement to where one can’t purchase these weapons unless he/she are at least 21 years of age.

      It’s too easy for young guys to become radicalized on line. Something needs to be done about getting a lot of the hate rhetoric off the internet.

      There are just too many of these hate crimes being committed by young men influenced by White Supremacist propaganda. When will GOP catch on that the party can’t continue to tolerate White Supremacists in their fold as they are the ones most likely to commit Antisemitic acts of violence.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Rob,

      I keep hoping there’s light at the end of this tunnel. It’s taking too long to at least hold the president in check.

      It is not just President Trump who has been providing cover for the WHITE Supremacists. Those GOP members who keep supporting this president are complicit in this pact. In the USA, there is no way to provide cover for White Nationals and sympathizers without providing cover for anti-Semitics who are most likely to commit hateful violent acts

      Hugs, Gronda.

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  2. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    While we as a nation are shocked and stunned by incidents like this, are we becoming conditioned to accept it as a way of life? When we hear a man sitting in the oval office encouraging hate and division on a daily basis, could we expect any less? Want to see something that somewhat parallels our nations current course, then read the link I will post. The actions described in the post will surprise some people but not those of us that actually studied history with an eye to prevent it repeating… The only way this nation can stop the march to it’s end is by the population to start standing up and screaming “NO” to a leadership in congress that seems intent on allowing our nation to transform into an enigma such as no one envisioned just a few short years ago… Now, back to my safe spot under my rock…


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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      Thanks a million for the reference. It’s frightening as to how easily people conspired with Hitler and his Nazis regime to salvage their own hides and positions of power. The trouble is, whoever makes a deal with the Devil will eventually pay an untenable price.

      All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing. We have to stand in the breach to stop this evil.

      I’m with VP Biden, we are fighting for the soul of this country.

      Hugs, Gronda



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