Parents of synagogue suspect: son is part of ‘history of evil’

The FBI was tipped off about the San Diego synagogue attack, but didn’t have time to do anything to prevent it.

Families of victims of hate crimes like recent shootings and bombings, and survivors of hate crimes and terrorist acts, are also obviously victims, but the families of those who carry out the acts are also put into an awful situation.

AP News:  Parents say synagogue suspect is part of ‘history of evil’

The parents of a 19-year-old college student suspected of attacking a Southern California synagogue said Monday that they are shocked and saddened that “he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries.”

John T. Earnest’s parents said they raised him and his five siblings in a family, faith and community that rejected hate.

“Our son’s actions were informed by people we do not know, and ideas we do not hold,” the parents said in a statement, which didn’t include their names.

“How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, though we are confident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path that he took to this evil and despicable act,” the statement said.

Earnest’s parents, who are cooperating with investigators, said their sadness “pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many innocent people.”

At least their son is still alive, but he has handed them a horrible situation.

The FBI said Monday that it received tips on a threatening social media post about five minutes before the attack.

The tips to the FBI’s website and phone number included a link to the anonymous post but did not offer specific information about its author or the location of the threat. The FBI said employees immediately tried to determine who wrote the post, but the shooting occurred before they could establish his identity.

One of the tipsters told The Associated Press that he called the FBI tip line at 11:15 a.m. Saturday because the post linked to a manifesto that said the author was responsible for a mosque arson in the city of Escondido last month. He says he found online that had the mosque attack had happened and feared the new threat was real.

The tipster, who refused to provide his name because of security concerns, said the call with the FBI lasted four or five minutes and the shooting happened soon after. He described the FBI as quick and professional and said he doesn’t know what they could have done.

The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m.

Authorities said Earnest had no previous contact with law enforcement and may face a hate crime charge in addition to homicide charges when he’s in court later this week. He was being held without bail.

Police searched Earnest’s house in San Diego and said he was also being investigated in connection with an arson attack on a mosque in nearby Escondido, California, on March 24.

The online manifesto written by a person identifying himself as John Earnest was an anti-Jewish screed posted about an hour before the attack. The poster described himself as a nursing school student and praised the suspects accused of carrying out attacks on mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people last month and at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that killed 11 on Oct. 27.

There is always a risk of copy cat attacks and attacks ‘inspired’ by other atrocities.

About 100 congregants were worshipping when the gunman killed Lori Kaye, 60, and wounded the synagogue’s rabbi, Yishoel Goldstein; Noya Dahan, 8; and her uncle Almog Peretz.

Goldstein said he was preparing for a service and heard a loud sound, turned around and a saw a young man wearing sunglasses standing in front of him with a rifle.

“I couldn’t see his eyes. I couldn’t see his soul,” Goldstein said. He raised his hands and lost one of his fingers in the shooting.

And then, Goldstein said, “miraculously the gun jammed.”

It was lucky, but guns jam, it’s not uncommon. I have seen claims that the death toll in San Diego was limited because of the proliferation of firearms in the US, but in this case a malfunctioning weapon stopped the killing.

“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,” Goldstein recalled telling the community.

We all need to resist being terrorised by terrorists.

The parents of the shooter are right, their son is now part of ‘history of evil’.

San Diego synagogue shooting

A man posted on a far-right website claiming he was inspired by the Christchurch mass murderer and then attacked people worshipping at a synagogue in San Diego in in southern California, killing one person and injuring three more, including the rabbi.

NZ Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern comments after San Diego synagogue attack

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed sorrow about the attack at a synagogue in San Diego where the gunman reportedly said he had been inspired by the Christchurch massacre.

“Our hearts go out to the Jewish community,” she said through a spokeswoman.

“To see an attack while people are at worship is devastating.

“New Zealand condemns all acts of terrorism and violence and stands for freedom of religion and the right to worship safely.

“New Zealand’s resolve to drive global action to eliminate violent extremism has been strengthened by the terrorist attack on our soil on March 15.”

That’s similar to her response to the Sri Lanka bombings. It’s on the cards that some attempt will be made to attack Ardern for how she worded her response.

The synagogue shooting left one woman dead and three people, including the rabbi, injured.

NBC has reported the gunman posted a letter on a far-right website claiming to be inspired by the Christchurch gunman who murdered 50 people in two mosques on March 15.

Donald Trump has just spoken at a NRA in defence of the US constitutional right to bear arms – Full Replay: President Trump Tells NRA He Will Reject UN Arms Trade Treaty

President Donald Trump vowed to fight for gun rights as he addressed the National Rifle Association on Friday and declared himself a “champion for the Second Amendment.”

“It’s under assault,” he said of the constitutional right to bear arms. “But not while we’re here.”

He responded to the synagogue shooting with the usual ‘thoughts and prayers’.