San Diego Synagogue Shooting Suspect Posted ‘Open Letter’ Online – IOTW Report

San Diego Synagogue Shooting Suspect Posted ‘Open Letter’ Online


A 19-year-old California man suspected of being the gunman behind a mass shooting at a San Diego area synagogue claimed in an open letter published online he was motivated by last month’s Christchurch massacre.

The letter, containing racist and anti-Semitic language, was posted on the 8chan message board hours before the deadly shooting on Saturday, April 27, according to the Guardian, citing police sources.

The gunman, identified by police as John T. Earnest, is accused of opening fire inside the synagogue in Poway, wounding three people and killing one.

San Diego police cited by NBC said the letter had been posted in the name of the suspect, who was taken into custody after the shooting.

The letter contained anti-Semitic and racist language, the Guardian reported and its author claimed to be motivated by both last month’s New Zealand mosque shootings and the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue massacre.

The gunman struck the Chabad of Poway synagogue exactly six months after the Pittsburgh shooting that killed 11 people.

The letter is said by authorities cited by NBC to be similar in tone and format to the one written by the gunman in the Christchurch attacks, which left 50 people dead.

Both the Pittsburgh gunman Robert Bowers and the Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant are listed in the letter as a direct inspiration for the shooting.  more

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