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One dead and several injured in shooting at San Diego Chabad synagogue on last day of Pessah

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LOS ANGELES—One person died and several others were injured during a shooting Saturday afternoon at a Chabad synagogue in Poway, near San Diego, California, on the last day of the Jewish holiday of Pessah or Passover.

A police spokesman said that a Customs and Border Patrol agent fired on a  suspect as he fled from the synagogue, hitting his vehicle.

The suspect, who is 19, called police and turned himself in, exiting his car with his hands up when police arrived where he had pulled over. There was an assault rifle in the car.

‘’A man has been detained for questioning in connection with a shooting incident at the Chabad of Poway synagogue,” the San Diego County Sheriff’s office said.

Steve Vaus, the town’s mayor, told CNN that there was one fatality, and that the danger was over. He said that congregants had engaged and helped to stop the shooter. He said the shooter apparently had anti-Semitic intent.

Last October, eleven people were killed after a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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