AN evil synagogue shooter who opened fire on worshippers in California was unable to kill more because his gun miraculously jammed, it was revealed last night.
John Earnest, 19, stormed the Chabad of Poway near San Diego on Saturday morning in a sickening assault rifle attack, police say.
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein – who lost two fingers in the rampage – said the gunman’s shooting spree was cut short when his weapon malfunctioned[/caption]
One woman died and three others were injured before a hero off-duty Border Patrol officer returned fire – forcing the shooter to flee.
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein – who lost two fingers in the rampage – revealed on Sunday that the gunman’s shooting spree was cut short when his weapon malfunctioned.
Mr Goldstein said: “I couldn’t see his eyes, I couldn’t see his soul” when the attacker stormed the synagogue wielding an AR-15 and wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet.
The Rabbi added: “Miraculously the gun jammed.”
Earnest, of San Diego, surrendered to police after bursting into the synagogue and opening fire as about 100 people were worshipping on the final day of Passover.
The attack Saturday came exactly six months after a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue in which 11 people were killed.
Lori Kaye, 60, was killed in the shooting – which injured Goldstein, 8-year-old Noya Dahan and her 34-year-old uncle, Almog Peretz.
Mrs Kaye’s doctor husband was called to treat victims and fainted when he realised his wife had been fatally wounded.
The three injured were released from hospital on Sunday.
I was scared, really, really scared. I didn’t see my dad. I thought he was dead
Defiant Rabbi Goldstein wrapped his bloodied hand after the shooting and bravely addressed his terrified congregants.
He recalled telling them: “We are a Jewish nation that will stand tall.
“We will not let anyone take us down.
“Terrorism like this will not take us down.”
The 8-year-old victim said she had just finished praying and was getting ready to go play with other children when gunshots rang out.
Her uncle rushed her and the other children outside, the girl said.
She suffered a gunshot wound to her leg but doctors told her she didn’t need surgery, she added.
Describing the horror, the girl said: “I was scared, really, really scared.
“I didn’t see my dad. I thought he was dead.”
President Donald Trump called Rabbi Goldstein yesterday to express his condolences.
The White House said in a statement: “The President expressed his love for the Jewish people and the entire community of Poway.”
Mr Goldstein said President Trump was comforting and spoke about his love of peace, Judaism and Israel.
Detectives are poring through Earnest’s social media posts – including what he described as a “manifesto.”
In the virulently anti-Jewish and racist screed, the author said he drew inspiration from the suspect behind Christchurch mosque massacre last month that left 50 dead.
He also claimed responsibility for an arson attack on a mosque in nearby Escondido, California, on March 24.
Earnest, who had no previous contact with law enforcement, is expected to face a hate crime charge in addition to homicide charges later this week.
California State University, San Marcos, confirmed that Earnest was a student who was on the dean’s list.
A spokesman said the school was “dismayed and disheartened” that Earnest was suspected in “this despicable act.”