connectVideoRabbi at Chabad of Poway speaks out for the first time following shooting
William La Jeunesse reports.
The Rabbi who was shot dead in a Southern California synagogue on the last day of the Passover, said Sunday that it was nothing less than a miracle that the shooter’s semi-automatic rifle jammed and prevented would have been a “massacre.”
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein appeared in bandages during a press conference outside the Chabad of Poway on Sunday. He lost his index finger after being shot in a shooting spree death of one and three wounded. Two worshipers — 34-year-old Almog Peretz and 8-year-old Noya Dahan — suffered wounds from shrapnel.
He said that he looked up on Saturday and saw a young man with sunglasses standing before him with a gun. He said that he lifted up his hands and was shot. He says that he lost his index finger. And then, Goldstein said: “miraculously the gun.”
There was a room nearby that was filled with people and children.
“It was a blood bath,” he said. “I don’t want to think about it.”
A 19-year-old, John T., Ernst, was arrested after the attack is expected to be indicted this week on charges including murder and attempted murder.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Goldstein recently asked a Border Patrol agent to be in the temple, while armed and apparently it paid off. The agent gave chase to the suspect and fired as he sped off.
Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, died of injuries which she sustained in the shooting in the neighborhood of San Diego. Gilbert-Kaye is believed to have thrown himself in front of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, possibly saving his life. A witness toll the Los Angeles Times that Kaye, the man began to do CPR on an injured person, and was devastated when he realized that it was his wife.
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