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Sun Apr 28, 2019, 10:35 AM

Synagogue Shooting Suspect John Earnest: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


John Earnest is a 19-year-old San Diego man who is accused of shooting four people, killing one, at Chabad of Poway synagogue in California before he was arrested. Earnest posted a 4,000-word anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and white supremacist manifesto he wrote and published online before the shooting and said in a post on 8chan that he would be live streaming the attack, but no video of the shooting has emerged. A Facebook page he linked to in the post has been deactivated.

John T. Earnest was taken into custody by police a few blocks away from the synagogue after the shooting, which Poway Mayor Steve Vaus has called a “hate crime.” He fled from the scene after an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent who was working as a security guard at the synagogue shot at him. At least 100 people were inside the synagogue. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the victims of the shooting.

Earnest was being interviewed by detectives after he was taken into custody. Earnest has no prior arrest record and the FBI said there had been no reports about him made before the shooting. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said they are investigating the case as a homicide and are also looking into the possibility of hate crime charges and federal civil rights violations.

The shooting occurred on the final day of Passover and exactly six months to the day of when a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 worshippers and wounding several others. The accused shooter in that mass shooting was arrested. He was motivated by his anti-Semitic views, according to investigators.

Earnest said in his manifesto that he was inspired by the Tree of Life gunman along with the New Zealand mosque shooter, who killed 50 people in Christchurch on March 15, 2019.

Dude wrote a very political manifesto yet somehow doesn't have a political agenda. The most important fact we need to know is that a terrorist who murders Americans doesn't look like this:

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