'We all stand with the Jewish community'

House Speaker condemns shooting attack at a synagogue near San Diego.

Ben Ariel,

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Reuters

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday night condemned in a post on Twitter the shooting attack at a synagogue near San Diego, in which a woman was killed and three other people were injured.

“We are closely following the situation surrounding today’s shooting at Chabad synagogue in Poway, CA. We remain deeply grateful to first responders & community members working to protect their neighbors. We share in the grief of all who have been affected & their families,” wrote Pelosi.

“Coming just six months after the horrific mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, we are confronted with what appears to be another anti-Semitic attack. We all stand with the Jewish community against this act of hate,” she added.

US President Donald Trump earlier related to the synagogue shooting and said that the incident "looks like a hate crime."

“My deepest sympathies go to the people that were affected, the families, their loved ones,” Trump told reporters. "Obviously looks right now, based on my last conversations, looks like a hate crime. Hard to believe. Hard to believe".

Vice President Mike Pence also condemned the shooting and wrote on Twitter, “We condemn in the strongest terms the evil & cowardly shooting at Chabad of Poway today as Jewish families celebrated Passover. No one should be in fear in a house of worship. Anti-Semitism isn’t just wrong - it’s evil.”

The suspect in the shooting, 19-year-old John Earnest, turned himself into police.

NBC 7 San Diego reported that Earnest released a manifesto shortly before the deadly attack, referencing the recent massacres at a pair of New Zealand Islamic centers.

Earnest claimed responsibility for an arson at an Escondido mosque a month ago. The mosque targeted in the arson is less than nine miles from the scene of Saturday’s attack.




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