Incident Summary:

04/27/2019: An assailant entered Chabad of Poway Synagogue and opened fire on worshipers in Poway, California, United States. At least one person was killed and three people, including the rabbi of the synagogue, were injured in the assault. John T. Earnest was arrested in connection with the attack and posted a manifesto on 8chan and Facebook prior to the incident in which he stated that he believed "every Jew is responsible for the meticulously planned genocide of the European race." Earnest further espoused white supremacist ideology and stated "I hate anyone who seeks the destruction of my race."



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Chabad of Poway Synagogue
Specific Description Synagogue
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
A Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II semi-automatic rifle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included civilians Lori Gilbert-Kaye, Almog Peretz, and Noya Dahan, and Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Man Accused in Poway Synagogue Shooting Charged With Murder, Hate Crimes," City News Service, April 29, 2019.
"San Diego-area synagogue shooting leaves one worshipper dead, three wounded," Japan Times, April 28, 2019.
"1 dead, 3 hurt in shooting at California synagogue," Washington Post, April 28, 2019.