Deadly shooting at California synagogue

By Harmeet Kaur, Nicole Chavez and Christina Kline, CNN

Updated 5:07 p.m. ET, May 1, 2019
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6:45 p.m. ET, April 27, 2019

Trump calls the shooting 'hard to believe'

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal

Pesident Donald Trump said the shooting at a synagogue near San Diego "looks like a hate crime” and was “hard to believe,” as he was about to board Marine 1.

Trump said the White House is doing “heavy research” and “will get to the bottom of it.” 

“My deepest sympathies to the people, the families, everybody affected by those shootings at the synagogue in California,” he said. 

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted about the shooting.

"Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California. God bless you all. Suspect apprehended. Law enforcement did outstanding job. Thank you!" Trump 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. Antisemitism isn’t just wrong - it’s evil." Pence added.

6:21 p.m. ET, April 27, 2019

Mayor says he considers the attack a hate crime

Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said he considered Saturday’s attack to be a hate crime "because of statements that were made when the shooter entered."

The mayor said the congregation was targeted by "someone with hate in their heart ... towards our Jewish community and that just will not stand."

The congregation "took security very seriously," he said.

5:50 p.m. ET, April 27, 2019

Sheriff tweets out updates

Just moments ago, the San Diego Sheriff's office tweeted out a meeting place for synagogue-goers who got separated from their families during the shooting:

"The Family Assistance Center at Poway High @PowayHighTitans will also serve as the meeting place for synagogue goers who got separated during the shooting. For the media, please be considerate of those who decline interviews during this very difficult time," the tweet reads.

7:22 p.m. ET, April 27, 2019

Synagogue shooting in California leaves at least 1 dead and 3 wounded

By CNN's Ray Sanchez and Artemis Moshtaghian

A man was in custody after a shooting at a synagogue in the California city of Poway left at least one person dead and several others wounded, Mayor Steve Vaus said Saturday.

The shooting, which Vaus described as a possible hate crime, occurred at Congregation Chabad on the last day of Passover.

The Palomar Medical Center Poway received four patients from the shooting, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Vaus said the three people who were wounded have non-life-threatening injuries.

He said he considered it a hate crime "because of statements that were made when the shooter entered."

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