Judge orders suspected of Poway synagogue shooter to stand trial

to connectVideoOne person has died in a San Diego synagogue shooting

The synagogue shooting in Poway, California, leaving one person dead.

A man accused of opening fire at a San Diego-area synagogue, with the deaths of a woman and the wounding of three others will stand trial, a judge ruled Friday.

John T., Ernst, 20, will appear in court on Oct. 3 for his arraignment on murder and attempted-murder charges stemming from the April 27 shooting in the Chabad of Poway.

He will also be tried on arson charges for a period of 24 March to the blaze at the Dar-ul-Arkām the Mosque, which is also known as the Islamic City of Escondido.

Ernst could face the death penalty if he is convicted of murder as a hate crime. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office has not decided whether to pursue the death penalty.


The defendant, John Earnest listens during testimony by the witness, Oscar Stewart, while the Severity of the preliminary hearing on Thursday in San Diego, california. (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool)

The plaintiffs claim Seriously and went out of the synagogue, and on the last day of the celebration of the Passover, and killed the 60-year-old Lori Gilbert, Kaye. Kaye was a two-time shot and died at a hospital.

The municipality of rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, 57 years old, lost a finger in the picture. Almog Peretz, 34, and his 8-year-old, and her sister, Noya Dahan, was also injured.

On Thursday, prosecutors played a 12-minute 911 call from the shooter, telling a dispatcher he’d been shot in the synagogues, and to save the white people of the world.

“They are destroying our people. I’m trying to show you that we aren’t going to go down without a fight,” he said to the caller on the 911 recording, in which self-identifies as a Collateral. “I am in the defense of our nation against the Jewish people, who are trying to destroy all white people.”

This is the 27th of April, a photo from the surveillance video at the Chabad of Poway please let people dive for cover as a shoot-out is unfolding. (Chabad of Poway/San Diego Superior Court, via AP)

He told me that he would not use his weapon at the responding officers.

Oscar Stewart, 51, who was present during the shooting, with his wife and step-daughter, said during the hearing that”people were falling all over each other. It was a mess.”

He was standing in the back of the building when shots rang out, ” he said. An Army and Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq, Stewart said, as he rushed the gunman and yelled that he was going to kill him, in an effort to distract you.

He chased after the gunman on the run and are pulled back as well as off-duty Border Patrol agent Jonathan Morales, who was working security fired about five shots at the killer.

Oscar Stewart, a congregant at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, which is faced to the shooter. (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool)


Ernst was arrested a short time later. He has reportedly admitted to being behind the shooting, and the mosque, while two weeks earlier.

The authorities, he said, he wrote an open letter citing his hatred for the Jews and an admiration for the man accused in the deaths of 50 people in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, in mosques, at the end of March.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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