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Man jailed after hospital release following police shooting

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A man who was arrested on a robbery warrant after police opened fire on the truck he was in, injuring three young children, has been released from a Texas hospital.

Choctaw County Jail records indicate that 21-year-old William Devaughn Smith was being held Sunday on an aggravated robbery complaint. The records don’t indicate whether Smith is represented by an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says four children and their mother were with Smith when two officers approached him and gunfire broke out on Friday in Hugo, near the Texas state line.

Smith was treated for injuries and released from a hospital in Paris, Texas. The OSBI says that 5-, 4- and 1-year-old children received non-life threatening injuries. Their names and conditions weren’t released.

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The Latest: Tenn. police increase death toll at 2 homes to 6

The Latest on the deaths of multiple victims at two homes in rural Tennessee (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Authorities say the death toll at two homes in rural Tennessee has now reached six.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Sunday in a news release a fifth body was found at one home near the community of Westmoreland. Another victim’s body was found at another home in the area. The TBI believes the two scenes are related.

The statement says efforts to identify the victims are ongoing. Police haven’t released how the victims died.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine says 25-year-old Michael Cummins was taken into custody Saturday night after being shot about a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from one of the crime scenes.

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8:40 a.m.

Police are investigating whether a suspect captured after an hours-long manhunt knew five people whose bodies were discovered in two homes in rural Tennessee.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine says 25-year-old Michael Cummins was taken into custody Saturday night after being shot about a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from one of the crime scenes near the community of Westmoreland.

Police say officers responding to a 911 call from a family member led to the original discovery of four bodies and an injured person at the first home. The injured victim was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The fifth body was found in another home.

DeVine says Cummins was taken to a hospital for treatment of what’s believed to be injuries that aren’t life threatening.

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California synagogue rabbi recalls moment he came ‘face-to-face’ with gunman in shooting that killed 1, injured 3

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Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein recalled the moment he came “face-to-face” with the 19-year-old accused gunman who opened fire inside a California synagogue, killing a beloved member of the congregation and injuring the Jewish leader and two others on Saturday.

Goldstein told NBC’s “Today” show on Sunday he heard a loud bang before turning around and seeing a man holding a rifle inside Chabad of Poway near San Diego. John Earnest allegedly walked into the synagogue on Sunday and opened fire on worshippers who were celebrating the last day of Passover, according to officials.

“As soon as I walked into the banquet hall, I heard a large bang, a large noise and I didn’t know what that was…and I turned around and I was face-to-face with this murderer, terrorist, who was holding a rifle and looking straight at me,” Goldstein said in a phone interview on “Today.”

“As soon as he saw me he started to shoot toward me and that’s when I put my hands up,” he added. “My finger got blown away.”

The rabbi said the shooter continued to fire several rounds, killing Lori Kaye “right there on the spot.” Audrey Jacobs, who said she was a friend of Kaye, wrote in a Facebook post that the 60-year-old shielded the rabbi from the bullets to save his life.

“You were always running to do a mitzvah (good deed) and gave tzedaka (charity) to everyone. Your final good deed was taking the bullets for Rabbi Mendel Goldstein to save his life,” Jacobs wrote.

2 SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING VICTIMS ESCAPED GAZA ROCKET ATTACKS: ‘WE CAME FROM FIRE TO FIRE’

Goldstein recalled turning around as Earnest rained terror inside the synagogue and saw children, including his granddaughter, in the banquet hall.

“I just ran, not even knowing that my fingers were blown off, and hurled all the kids together and got them outside and went into the sanctuary, got everyone out of the sanctuary to safety,” Goldstein said.

An off-duty Border Patrol agent working as a security guard was at the scene and fired at Earnest as he was fleeing, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said on Saturday. The shot missed Earnest but struck his getaway vehicle, police said.

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Flowers and signs sit at a memorial across the street from the Chabad of Poway synagogue, Sunday. (AP)

Goldstein, who lost his finger, and two others were injured in the shooting. Kaye was a “pioneering, founding member” of the congregation, Goldstein said, adding that he was “heartbroken” over her death.

“She’s just such a dear friend. I’ve known her for 33 years and I’m just so heartbroken and saddened by the senseless killing,” Goldstein told “Today.”

Earnest was taken into custody after he called 911 to report the shooting, then jumped out of his car with his hands up when an officer pulled him over on the road, police said. Authorities said a search warrant was served at Earnest’s home, car and the synagogue and a manifesto written by a person identifying himself as John Earnest is being investigated.

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An exterior view of the Altman Family Chabad Community Center at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Poway, Calif. Several people were injured in a shooting at the synagogue. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SUSPECT IN CALIFORNIA SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING REPORTEDLY INSPIRED BY NEW ZEALAND MOSQUE KILLINGS

In the manifesto, posted an hour before the attack, the author said he hates “anyone who seeks the destruction of my race” and said he was inspired by last month’s attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 Muslim worshippers dead.

Saturday’s shooting comes six months after 11 people died and seven others were wounded when Robert Bowers allegedly opened fire inside a Pittsburgh synagogue. It was the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Illegal immigrant accused of murdering friend on video was supposed to be deported but Cuba refused him

An illegal immigrant accused of murder is stuck on U.S. soil after officials in his home country refuse to accept his deportation because of his criminal history.

David Paneque, 29, was allegedly caught on video fatally shooting his friend Leandro Lopez, 31, while the two were at a parking garage in Miami last month. As Paneque sits in jail awaiting trial, it’s been revealed by the Tampa Bay Times that he was supposed to be deported  to Cuba nearly two years ago, but the country wouldn’t take him back because of his extensive criminal past.

Paneque, who has previous ties to the gang Sur-13 and went by the nickname “Psycho,” was first arrested in 2007 when he stabbed a man several times while robbing him. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted murder and armed robbery, and he picked up another criminal charge while in jail for attacking guards at his facility. Paneque was released in 2017 but remained in the custody of ICE for a month, during which time a judge ordered that he be sent back to Cuba.

The only problem was that, among renewed diplomatic relations with Cuba under the Obama administration, Cuba accepts very few deportations. Last year, they allowed less than 500 people to be returned, despite the fact that more than 37,000 Cuban nationals are facing orders of removal, according to ICE.

Because Cuba refused his return, Paneque was placed under an “order of supervision,” and released back into Miami. Before being arrested for the murder of Leandro Lopez, Paneque joked with police officers during questioning about his failed deportation.

MAN ACCUSED OF FATALLY BEATING INFANT OVER PATERNITY HAD BEEN DEPORTED 5 TIMES: ICE

“Where are they going to send me? Cuba doesn’t want me,” Paneque said. “They don’t want me here. They don’t want me there.”

Paneque was arrested on Wednesday and charged with the murder of Leandro Lopez, and police say the motive for the slaying is still unclear.

The entirety of the exchange between what appears to be Paneque and Lopez was caught on a hidden camera in a parking garage after its owner secretly installed the camera after his car was vandalized. In a 5-minute interaction obtained by the Miami Herald, the two men chat for a moment, then Paneque allegedly grabs his gun and hides it for a moment before turning it on Lopez. The victim then begs for his life, and the shooter appears to calm down for a moment — even appearing to hug Lopez at one point — but then shoots him several times point-blank.

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The entirety of the exchange between what appears to be Paneque and Lopez was caught on a hidden camera in a parking garage after its owner secretly installed the camera after his car was vandalized (Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office)

Paneque admitted that he knew the 31-year-old Lopez through a friend he met in prison, and the two would frequent strip clubs together — which Paneque told officers they did on the night of Lopez’s death. Paneque admitted that the two took his Ford F-150 to several strip clubs together, and admitted that it was him in photos showing the two riding around together.

Paneque told police that he dropped Lopez off at his SUV and didn’t see him after that — before police stunned him by showing him the footage of the cold-blooded murder.

At that point, he invoked his right to remain silent.

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There have been attempts by Florida politicians to address this issue — as Paneque not the only dangerous criminal that Cuba refuses to admit back into their country.

Former Miami U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who introduced an immigration bill last year that failed, said that needs to change.

“This illustrates a major flaw in our immigration laws,” he told the Tampa Bay Times. “Even though this individual is an undocumented immigrant with a history of violent crime, by law, he had to be released.

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“It’s the Cuban government,” Curbelo added. “Bottom line, they have no interest in any kind of cooperation with the United States. They are the problem.”

At home, however, there are things that can be done to help — a responsibility that falls on the president, according to Juan Carlos Gomez, director of the Carlos A. Costa Immigration & Rights Clinic at Florida International University.

“There are steps the Trump administration could take to prevent the situation from getting worse,” he said.

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2 synagogue shooting victims escaped Gaza rocket attacks: ‘We came from fire to fire’

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A family member of two injured victims in Saturday’s shooting at a synagogue in a San Diego, California, suburb said his family had moved there from a town in Israel near the Gaza border amid constant rocket attacks.

“We came from fire to fire,” said Israel Dahan, the father of 8-year-old Noya Dahan, who was hit by shrapnel in the face and leg after a shooter stormed into the Chabad of Poway as about 100 people were celebrating the last day of Passover.

Dahan made the comment on an Israeli radio program, according to The Times of Israel. He said a few years ago he moved with his family to California from Sderot, which is in southern Israel near the Gaza border. Dahan said his family’s home in the Israeli town had been hit by rockets several times over the years, and that he was injured during one of the attacks.

He added, after moving to the U.S. several years ago, the family’s new home was targeted by anti-Semites, who spray-painted swastikas on the walls.

“It can happen anywhere. We are strong,” Dahan said.

LEADERS STRUGGLE TO MAKE SENSE OF FATAL ATTACK ON SYNAGOGUE

According to The Times of Israel, Noya Dahan’s injured uncle, Almog Peretz, said life in Sderot prepared him to respond to the synagogue attack. He reportedly was shot in the leg in Saturday’s shooting as he was trying to protect children in the synagogue.

Peretz said his instincts kicked in on Saturday after spending the last 15 years often rushing to shelters to hide from thousands of rockets fired by terror groups in the Gaza Strip.

The Times of Israel is reporting that from his hospital bed, Peretz told Israel’s Channel 12 that it’s “sad” but he knows “a bit about running from the Qassam rockets” because he is originally from Sderot.

“A person with a big rifle, like an M16, entered the synagogue and started shooting everywhere,” Peretz told the news outlet as he described Saturday’s attack. “At first we thought the ceiling had collapsed, but then I turned around and saw he was aiming his weapon at me.”

He said he noticed there were many small children next to him.

“I took a little girl who was our neighbor and three nieces of mine and ran. I opened the back door and we ran with all the children to a building in the back. I hid them in that building,” said Peretz.

“As I picked up the girl, the terrorist aimed his weapon at me. I was injured in the leg.”

Peretz said he then returned to the synagogue because another niece was still inside.

He said, “I came back because one of my nieces was stuck in the bathroom. I had to go back and bring her.”

“Fortunately she stayed there and the terrorist had already left,” he continued.

Local authorities said 19-year-old John Earnest opened fire with an assault rifle on worshippers during morning services on Saturday, killing 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye and injuring the rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein; Noya Dahan; and her uncle Peretz. All three wounded victims are in stable condition, according to The Times of Israel.

Authorities said Earnest surrendered to police.

Audrey Jacobs, a woman who identified herself as Gilbert-Kaye’s friend, posted on Facebook that Gilbert-Kaye was a woman who was “always running to do a mitzvah (good deed)” and that her “final good deed was taking the bullets for Rabbi Mendel Goldstein to save his life.”

Jacobs said Gilbert-Kaye leaves behind “a devastated husband and her 22-year-old daughter.”

She added the other victims and their families want to share this message: “At the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on Shabbat (Saturday) and the last day of the Passover holiday, a 19-year-old stormed in and said ‘F— the Jews’ and opened fire with an AR-type assault weapon.”

The post said, “He shot and killed Lori Kaye z”l (of blessed memory) who took the bullets for the Rabbi. Tragically the Rabbi was still shot in the hand and he gave a sermon telling everyone to stay strong.”

“The horror continues, the other victims suffering shrapnel injuries include a 8-year-old girl, Noya Dahan. She asked for her picture to be shared and for everyone to know she is strong. The other shrapnel victim was Almog Peretz,  age 32, Noya’s uncle who came from Sderot to visit his family for the Passover holiday. He was a hero today, gathering the children and leading them to safety.”

The Facebook post also said, “During the shooting a brave off-duty border patrol agent chased and fired at the shooter as he ran off. Fortunately he was caught by the authorities and is in custody.”

POLITICIANS REACT TO CALIFORNIA SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING: ‘NO ONE SHOULD EVER FEAR GOING TO THEIR PLACE OF WORSHIP’

“Noya’s family moved to San Diego from the Israeli city of Sderot (San Diego’s sister city) to get away from the terrorism and the constant attacks on their community. The peaceful city in Israel they’re from is in the Negev and is less than a mile from the Gaza border. For years their home has been a major target of Qassam rocket attacks from terrorists in the Gaza Strip,” Jacobs added in the Facebook post.

According to San Diego County Sheriff William Gore, Earnest, who reportedly had no previous contact with law enforcement, may be charged with a hate crime in addition to homicide. Earnest is also being investigated in connection with an arson attack on a mosque in nearby Escondido, California, on March 24.

Gore added that the off-duty Border Patrol agent working as a security guard fired at the shooter as he fled, missing him but striking his getaway vehicle.

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said, shortly after fleeing, Earnest called 911 to report the shooting and when an officer reached him on a roadway, “the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody.”

Gore said authorities were reviewing copies of Earnest’s social media posts, including what he described as a “manifesto.”

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A person identifying themselves as John Earnest posted an anti-Jewish screed online about an hour before the attack. The poster described himself as a nursing school student and praised the suspects accused of carrying out deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand last month and at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in October.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sentencing in terrorism case to focus on man’s mental state

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A man convicted of trying to detonate what he thought was a bomb by a Chicago bar in 2012 is set to be sentenced.

A focus at a multiday sentencing hearing that starts Monday will be Adel Daoud’s mental health before and after his arrest in an FBI sting. An undercover agent supplied the fake bomb.

In Friday filings, prosecutors recommended a 40-year prison term. Defense attorneys asked that Daoud be released as soon as a treatment program ensuring his mental health can be developed. They noted that he’s been in jail for seven years.

The 25-year-old was temporarily deemed mentally unfit for trial after a judge concluded he sincerely believed shadowy figures were out to get him.

Daoud in November entered the equivalent of no-contest plea to all charges.

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Tenn. police investigating whether suspect knew 5 victims

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Police are investigating whether a suspect captured after an hours-long manhunt knew five people whose bodies were discovered in two homes in rural Tennessee.

Michael Cummins, 25, was taken into custody Saturday night after being shot about a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from one of the Sumner County crime scenes, said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine.

Police said officers responding to a 911 call from a family member led to the original discovery of four bodies and an injured person at the first home. The injured victim was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The fifth body was found in another home.

The slayings were near the town of Westmoreland. The TBI believes the two scenes are related.

Authorities have not released any details about the victims. They also have not said what kind of weapon was used.

DeVine said at least one officer fired at Cummins after he emerged from the woods. Cummins is believed to have produced multiple weapons and the situation escalated. He was then taken to a hospital for treatment of what’s believed to be injuries that aren’t life threatening, DeVine said.

None of the responding officers were injured.

TBI’s airplane was able to help authorities spot Cummins on the ground in a creek bed, DeVine said.

A number of law enforcement agencies had been searching for Cummins, saying he could be armed and dangerous.

“The community should hopefully be able to rest a little bit easier tonight, knowing that (Cummins) is in custody tonight,” DeVine said.

TBI is investigating the deaths and the officer-involved shooting, DeVine said.

Sumner County is northeast of Nashville and borders Kentucky.

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Leaders struggle to make sense of fatal attack on synagogue

The rabbi who led a service on the last day of Passover suffered a gunshot wound to his hands and two others endured shrapnel wounds as political, civic and religious leaders across the country struggled to make sense of another fatal attack on a house of worship six months after a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

John T. Earnest, 19, surrendered to a police after bursting into Chabad of Poway, north of San Diego on Saturday and opening fire with about 100 people inside, killing Lori Kayne, 60, and injuring Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Noya Dahan, 8, and Almog Peretz, 34, authorities said.

Earnest, who had no previous contact with law enforcement, may be charged with a hate crime in addition to homicide, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said. Earnest is also being investigated in connection with an arson attack on a mosque in nearby Escondido, California, on March 24.

“Any time somebody goes into a house of worship and shoots the congregants, in my book, that’s a hate crime,” Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said.

There were indications an AR-type assault weapon might have malfunctioned after the gunman fired numerous rounds inside, Gore said. An off-duty Border Patrol agent working as a security guard fired at the shooter as he fled, missing him but striking his getaway vehicle, Gore said.

Shortly after fleeing, Earnest called 911 to report the shooting, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said. When an officer reached him on a roadway, “the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody,” Nisleit said.

Audrey Jacobs, a friend of the slain woman, said on Facebook that Kane was “taking bullets” for the rabbi to save his life and the rabbi continued to give his sermon after being shot.

Gore said authorities were reviewing copies of Earnest’s social media posts, including what he described as a “manifesto.”

A person identifying themselves as John Earnest posted an anti-Jewish screed online about an hour before the attack. The poster described himself as a nursing school student and praised the suspects accused of carrying out deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand last month and at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue Oct. 27.

California State University, San Marcos, confirmed Earnest was a student on the dean’s list and said the school was “dismayed and disheartened” that he was suspected in “this despicable act.”

There was no known threat after Earnest was arrested, but authorities boosted patrols at places of worship as a precaution, police said.

Minoo Anvari, a member of the synagogue, said her husband was inside during the shooting. She said he called to tell her the shooter was shouting and cursing.

She called the shooting “unbelievable” in a peaceful and tight-knit community. “We are strong; you can’t break us,” Anvari said.

Rabbi Yonah Fradkin, executive director of Chabad of San Diego County, said that “in the face of senseless hate we commit to live proudly as Jews in this glorious country. We strongly believe that love is exponentially more powerful than hate. We are deeply shaken by the loss of a true woman of valor, Lori Kaye, who lost her life solely for living as a Jew.”

Donny Phonea, who lives across the street from the synagogue, turned off his power drill and heard someone shout, “Police!” Then he heard three or four shots.

The 38-year-old bank auditor looked over his backyard fence facing the synagogue and saw people hiding behind an electrical box in the parking lot of a neighboring church. At that point, he knew something was “very, very wrong,” went inside and closed his doors and garage.

“I’m a little taken aback,” said Phonea, who moved to Poway two weeks ago. “I moved here because safety was a factor. Poway is very safe.”

President Donald Trump offered his sympathies Saturday, saying the shooting “looked like a hate crime.”

“Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded and stands in solidary with the Jewish community,” Trump said later at a rally in Wisconsin. “We forcefully condemn the evils of anti-Semitism and hate, which must be defeated.”

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said he joins the community in grief.

“No one should have to fear going to their place of worship, and no one should be targeted for practicing the tenets of their faith,” he said.

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Nguyen reported from San Francisco.

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Latest: Rabbi identifies the victims of synagogue shooting

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The Latest on a shooting at a synagogue in Southern California (all times local):

10:20 p.m.

A Jewish leader has identified the victims of a shooting at a synagogue in a suburb of San Diego.

Rabbi Yonah Fradkin, executive director of Chabad of San Diego County, says in a statement that Lori Kaye, 60, of Poway was killed. He says those injured in the shooting Saturday were Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Noya Dahan, 8, Almog Peretz, 34.

“In the face of senseless hate we commit to live proudly as Jews in this glorious country,” Fradkin said. “We strongly believe that love is exponentially more powerful than hate. We are deeply shaken by the loss of a true woman of valor, Lori Kaye, who lost her life solely for living as a Jew.”

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9:35 p.m.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that friends said the woman killed in the shooting at a Poway, California, synagogue was Lori Kaye, 60, of Poway.

The newspaper reports that witnesses said she jumped in front of the synagogue’s founding rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, who was wounded in the index fingers on both hands.

The Union-Tribune also says that others injured were Noya Dahan, 8, hit with shrapnel in the face and leg, and Almong Peretz, 34, who was shot in the leg as he ushered children in a playroom to safety.

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6:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump praised law enforcement’s “incredible response” to the attack at a synagogue near San Diego that left one dead and three wounded.

Trump, who was speaking at a Saturday rally in Wisconsin, singled out an off-duty Border Patrol agent “who returned fire.”

San Diego County Sheriff William Gore says the Border Patrol agent was working as a security guard and fired as the gunman was fleeing, hitting the getaway car.

Gore says there were indications that the attacker’s gun might have malfunctioned after firing inside the synagogue.

The sheriff says they’re investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.

The Chabad of Poway was worshipping on the last day of Passover, exactly six months since a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people.

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6 p.m.

Authorities say the rabbi of a synagogue near San Diego is one of the three people wounded in an attack that left a woman dead.

San Diego County Sheriff William Gore told reporters Saturday that there are indications 19-year-old John Earnest’s gun might have malfunctioned after firing numerous rounds at the mosque.

An off-duty Border Patrol agent working as a security guard at the synagogue also shot at the gunman as he fled but only hit his car.

Authorities say they are serving search warrants on his house and are aware of an anti-Jewish online screed that someone identifying themselves as Earnest wrote about an hour before the attack.

Gore says they’re investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.

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6 p.m.

The Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were killed exactly six months ago is offering its sympathy to a synagogue near San Diego where a gunman opened fire Saturday.

The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh said in a statement that “we are heartbroken — and appalled and outraged. … This must stop.”

The statement says the Pittsburgh congregation knows “the fear, anguish and healing process such an atrocity causes.” The attack Oct. 27 was the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Authorities say a young man opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego on Saturday, the last day of Passover. A woman was killed and three other people were wounded.

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5:20 p.m.

Authorities have identified the suspect in a shooting at a synagogue outside San Diego as John Earnest and say he’s also being investigated in a fire at a mosque in a nearby city last month.

San Diego County Sheriff William Gore told reporters Saturday that the 19-year-old had no prior arrests. He’s accused of killing a woman and wounding three others at Chabad of Poway on the last day of Passover.

Gore says his department will work with the FBI and the city of Escondido to investigate Earnest’s possible connection to an arson that caused property damage at Dar-ul-Arqam mosque last month but no injuries.

A person who said they are John Earnest wrote an anti-Jewish screed online that contained some elements not to be believed, like an allegation a YouTube star helped plan and fund the attack.

The post says he was in nursing school and cited the suspects accused of carrying out deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand last month and a Pittsburgh synagogue last year.

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4:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh officials hearing of the synagogue shooting in California are offering sympathy from the city that six months ago was the site of the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said Saturday that their thoughts were with those in the San Diego area and “we understand this heartache all too well.”

Authorities say a 19-year-old man armed with a rifle opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego on Saturday, the last day of Passover. A woman was killed and three other people were wounded.

The attack came exactly six months after 11 people were killed in the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said at a news conference that he had no details on motive for Saturday’s shooting.

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3:30 p.m.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Gov. Gavin Newsom offered their condolences to the Jewish community after a man opened fire Saturday at a synagogue outside San Diego.

Authorities say a 19-year-old man opened fire on Chabad of Poway on the last day of Passover, killing one woman and wounding three others, including a girl.

Newsom said “no one should have to fear going to their place of worship.”

Pelosi said on Twitter that she stands with the Jewish community against “this act of hate.”

San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said at a news conference that he had no details on motive.

The attack comes six months after 11 people were killed in the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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2:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump has offered “deepest sympathies to the families of those affected” by a shooting at a synagogue outside San Diego.

At the White House, Trump said Saturday that the shooting “looked like a hate crime” and called it “hard to believe.” He spoke from the South Lawn before flying to a rally in Wisconsin.

Authorities say a 19-year-old man opened fire on Chabad of Poway on the last day of Passover, killing one woman and wounding three others, including a girl.

They say he reported the shooting and surrendered without incident after an officer pulled him over.

San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said at a news conference that he had no details on motive. Authorities say they were reviewing copies of his social media posts.

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2:40 p.m.

Authorities say a woman has died and three others are hospitalized in stable condition after a shooting at a synagogue outside San Diego.

San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said at a news conference that a white man entered Chabad of Poway on Saturday and opened fire on worshippers with an AR-type assault weapon.

Gore says an off-duty Border Patrol agent believed to be inside the synagogue shot at the suspect as he fled. The sheriff says the agent didn’t hit him but struck his car.

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit says the 19-year-old suspect called police to report the shooting and a California Highway Patrol officer heard it on a police scanner, saw the suspect and pulled him over. Nisleit says the suspect got out of his car with his hands up and he was taken into custody without incident.

Gore says a woman died from her injuries, while a girl and two men are in the hospital.

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1:30 p.m.

A hospital says it’s treating four people injured in a synagogue outside San Diego but didn’t know the extent of their injuries.

Derryl Acosta, a spokesman for Palomar Health Medical Center Hospital, says the four patients were admitted around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said there was no known threat after a man was detained in the shooting. However, he said authorities stepped up patrol at places of worship in the area as a precaution.

The Chabad of Poway was worshipping on the last day of Passover, exactly six months since a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people.

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1 p.m.

Authorities say a shooting at a synagogue outside San Diego has left people injured but the extent is unclear.

San Diego County sheriff’s office also said Saturday on Twitter that a man has been detained in connection with the shooting at the Chabad of Poway.

A handful of police cars were parked outside the synagogue in the city of Poway, just over 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of San Diego. Crime tape surrounded the street in front of the building.

Officials say deputies were called just before 11:30 a.m.

The shooting came on the last day of Passover and exactly six months since a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people.

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The Latest: Officer shot Tennessee suspect before capture

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The Latest on five bodies found in rural homes in Tennessee (all times local):

10:55 p.m.

Authorities say the suspect wanted in connection with five rural Tennessee slayings produced multiple weapons, prompting an officer to shoot him.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine says 25-year-old Michael Cummins was transported to a local hospital Saturday night.

Investigators had been searching for Cummins after discovering five bodies in two homes in Sumner County.

DeVine says TBI’s airplane helped find Cummins on the ground in a creek bed about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from one of the crime scenes. The responding officers were not hurt.

DeVine says TBI will investigate the homicides and the officer-involved shooting.

Four of the bodies were found in one home, while the fifth victim was found in another home. The TBI believes the two scenes are related.

Authorities have not released any details about the victims.

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10:30 p.m.

Authorities say a suspect is in custody in the investigation into five bodies found in two rural Tennessee homes.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Saturday night that 25-year-old Michael Cummins was in custody. A number of law enforcement agencies were searching for Cummins, saying he could be armed and dangerous.

Four of the bodies were found in one home, while the fifth victim was found in another home. The TBI believes the two scenes are related.

Authorities have not released any details about the victims.

Sumner County is northeast of Nashville and borders Kentucky. The scenes are near the town of Westmoreland.

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9:20 p.m.

Authorities say they have found five bodies in two rural Tennessee homes and are searching for a possibly armed suspect.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Saturday night that investigators are looking for Michael Cummins in connection with the slayings in Sumner County.

Four of the bodies were found in one home, while the fifth victim was found in another home. The TBI believes the two scenes are related.

Investigators say Cummins may be in the woods nearby. Authorities have not released any details about the victims.

Sumner County is northeast of Nashville and borders Kentucky. The scenes are near the town of Westmoreland.

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