Police in California have detained a man after the mass shooting at a San Diego synagogue on Saturday afternoon, the last day of Passover.
San Diego County Sheriff’s Office said incident took place at the Chabad of Poway house of worship sometime after 11.30am local time.
Victims have been sighted on the ground inside the house of worship, located at 16934 Chabad Way.
Multiple children are also reported to have been injured – and the synagogue’s Rabbi.
It comes exactly six months after a gunman killed 11 at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
“It was an extremely chaotic scene”
Sgt. Aaron Meleen
It is reported Rabbi Yisorel Goldstein, who founded the Chabad center in 1986 was shot.
He was reportedly lost two fingers in the attack – but the authorities have yet to issue a statement.
The other three are said to include an unidentified adult and two minors, one aged 11.
Witnesses described hearing the gunman shouting and swearing before he opened fire.
Witness Minoo Anvari told NBC: “It’s a very important celebration for us. There’s lots of people inside, they’re praying.”
Anvari said her husband was inside when the gunman entered the building.
She said he entered shouting and cursing before opening fire at worshippers.
Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Aaron Meleen said: “As you can image, it was an extremely chaotic scene with people running everywhere when we got here.”
Police had intially swooped on reports of a man with a gun near the synagogue.
It is reported the man fire six or seven shots inside the center – before being detained “down the road”.
Chief David Nisleit said: ““No known threats however in an abundance of caution, we will be providing extra patrol at places of worship.”
Cops from the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Sheriff’s office have been deployed to other churches.