• Synagogue shooting: 19-year-old man charged with murder in death of 1, wounding of 3

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    POWAY, Calif. -

    A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with a deadly shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California, where Jewish worshipers had gathered Saturday to celebrate the last day of Passover.

    Authorities confirmed the suspect, identified as John Earnest, turned himself in shortly after the attack, which left one woman dead and three other congregants wounded.

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    Update 5 p.m. EDT April 30: Prosecutors said the 19-year-old man suspected of opening fire in a Southern California synagogue had a tactical vest, helmet and 50 unfired bullets when arrested.

    John T. Earneste is charged killing Lori Kaye, who was shot twice with a semi-automatic rifle.

    John T. Earnest, left, appears for his arraignment hearing Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in San Diego. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool)
    John T. Earnest, left, appears for his arraignment hearing Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in San Diego. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool)

    San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan said Earnest then shot the congregation’s rabbi, who lost a finger. The shooter then turned toward a room of children and other adults.

    Stephan said Earnest fired eight to 10 rounds before the gun either jammed or he wasn’t able to release the magazine to reload.

    Earnest pleaded not guilty at his first court hearing Tuesday.

    Update 7:15 p.m. EDT April 29: The woman killed in an attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue Saturday has been laid to rest.

    Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, who was shot and killed at the synagogue, was remembered Monday as devoted to her family and friends in a service at Chabad followed by a burial at El Camino Memorial Park, The Los Angeles Times reported.

    She is survived by her husband, Howard, and daughter, Hannah. 

    Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein praised Gilbert-Kaye and credited her with saving his life. 

    “We will salute Lori and her life and keep her legacy alive,” Goldstein said.

    He also said she leaves behind, “A legacy of goodness and kindness.”

    Update 2:10 p.m. EDT April 19: The family of the accused shooter have released a statement, saying, “We are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue,” KNSD reported.

    They went on to say, “He has killed and injured the faithful who were gathered in a sacred place on a sacred day.”

    They placed the blame on people influenced their son, saying, “Our son’s actions were informed by people we do not know, and ideas we do not hold.” 

    The FBI announced that it had received warnings prior to the attack. The warnings came in via the FBI’s website and phone number five minutes before the shooting, The Associated Press reported. The tip did not have specifics of the location of the attack, and FBI employees tried to find out who wrote the anonymous social media post it was provided, but the shooting happened before the identity could be confirmed, according to AP.

    Update 11:05 p.m. EDT April 28: Hundreds of people gathered for two vigils Sunday evening to honor the shooting victims of Chabad of Poway synagogue.

    An interdenominational group congregated at the Rancho Bernardo Community Church Sunday evening to sing and pray. Other community members attended a vigil at Valle Verde Park.

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