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Suspect in California synagogue shooting reportedly inspired by New Zealand mosque murders

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 in the synagogue. (Associated Press)

John Ernst, the 19-year-old suspect on Saturday in the synagogue to shoot in the neighborhood of San Diego, painted himself as a martyr for the white people and is inspired by the last month New Zealand mosque massacre, according to a hate-filled open letter posted online.

The authorities have accused Ernst of killing a woman and injuring three people when he allegedly opened fire during Passover services at the Chabad of Poway in Poway, Calif. He was taken into custody after the shooting.

In the manifesto – which was posted on an internet forum and attributed to Ernst – the author said that he hates “everyone who strives for the destruction of my race,” the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Apparently he admitted to setting fire to a Escondido mosque and supported the Christchurch, New Zealand, the suspect, who Fox News has refused to name, saying that the suspect in the alleged murder of 50 Muslim worshippers last month were a source of inspiration for him.

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The members of the Chabad synagogue hug as they gather in the vicinity of the Altman Family Chabad Community Center, Saturday, in Poway, Calif. (Associated Press)

The New Zealand suspect “was a catalyst for me personally. He showed me that it could be done. And that it had to be done,” the author proposes, according to the New York Post.

Also quoted are passages from the Bible, the New Testament used to justify his beliefs, along with anti-Semitic comments, the paper reported.

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“My God understands why I did what I did,” the writer says, adding that he planned to stream the shooting on Facebook, just as the video was posted on the 15 March New Zealand attack. But a spokesman of Facebook says no evidence of a video in connection with the Poway shoot was found.

An account is linked to in the letter was removed. the spokesman said.

Ernst’s father retired as a high school physics teacher in 2016 and served as a lifeguard in San Diego, according to the Post. Joyce Daubert, who taught in addition to the elder Seriously, had many encounters with the family.

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“I don’t have enough words to say how beautiful (the family),” she said in a telephone interview with the paper Saturday afternoon. Daubert met the younger Seriously only at the faculty meetings, but described him as “charming, very impressive, and so sweet and fun.”

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The younger Severity of the Rancho Penasquitos community in San Diego, is enrolled in the California State University in San Marcos. University President Karen Haynes confirmed Sincere, tender and said that the school to work together with researchers.

The writer of the letter claims to be “doing well” in the nursing school offers the self-description of “just a regular guy, who wanted to have a family, help and heal people, and play the piano.”

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