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6 months after Tree of Life, Poway temple targeted

On Saturday, a gunman entered a synagogue in California shouting anti-Semitic slurs, and opened fire with an AR-15 style gun, as reported by The New York Times.

The shooting left a 60 year old woman dead, a rabbi wounded in his hand, and two others injured by shrapnel wounds.

It occurred on the Sabbath, and the last day of Passover, a week-long holiday that celebrates Jewish liberation from slavery.

The shooting took place at the Chabad of Poway. Poway is a suburban town about 25 miles north of San Diego.

The shooting occurred exactly six months after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting that jarred Pittsburgh and the Jewish community at large on Oct. 27, 2018. It is the most recent in a series of deadly attacks in houses of worship, including the mass shooting in mosques in New Zealand last month and the church bombings in Sri Lanka last week.

The gunman has been identified as John Earnest, a 19 year old from San Diego. He fled the synagogue after the shooting, but soon after called the California Highway Patrol to report his location and was apprehended.

Police are reportedly investigating a manifesto that was posted on 8chan before the shooting, which is filled with white nationalist conspiracy theories and racist slurs, as reported by The New York Times.

Last year, a study released by the Anti-Defamation League found a 57 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, told The New York Times that “This was a pointed attack on Chabad, on the visible Jewish community here, and this is a collective attack on all Jewish communities — this is anti-Semitism unleashed.”