International desk – A woman has been killed after a man fired his gun at a synagogue in California of the United States, police said on Sunday.
Three other people have been wounded in the attack reportedly carried out by a 19-year old man called John Earnest. The attacker was arrested in north of the city of Santiago soon after he carried out the attack, BBC reported.
The gunman burst in when, the synagogue had been hosting a Passover celebration. Police did not suggest a motive in the attack yet.
The attack, which came exactly six months after a shooting in Pittsburgh in October 2018 left 11 people killed, appeared to be a ‘hate crime’, said US President Donald Trump
The October attack was thought to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in recent US history.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore told reporters that investigators were reviewing the suspect’s social media activity and examining an anti-Semitic “open letter” published online.
In the letter, which appeared on the online forum 8chan hours before the attack, the author – who identified himself as John Earnest – said he was inspired by the attack on two Christchurch mosques last month, as well as the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, according to the broadcaster.
Authorities later said Earnest was also under investigation in connection with a fire at a mosque last month.
During the shooting, four individuals were wounded and transported to Palomar hospital, Sheriff Gore said. One died in the hospital while the three others are in stable condition.