THE maniac behind the tragic San Diego synagogue shooting was inspired by last month’s Christchurch massacre in New Zealand and had previously burned down a mosque, according to a manifesto.
Gunman John Earnest, 19, is believed to have carried out the shooting without support from anyone else, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said in a statement on Sunday.
The document reads: “Tarrant (Christchurch shooter) was a catalyst for me personally. He showed me that it could be done. And that it needed to be done.”
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said investigators were reviewing the suspect’s social media posts and “his open letter.”
The sick manifesto posted online was filled with anti-Jewish bile – and support for the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant, reported New York Post.
Its author also claimed to have set a nearby mosque on fire last month.
The document continues: “To my family and friends. I can already hear your voices. ‘How could you throw your life away?’”
“What value does my life have compared to the entirety of the European race?”
Killer Earnest also referenced the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter in the manifesto, saying: “It’s a shame that Robert Bowers especially got such a bad rap.”
Earnest fired shots on the final day of the Passover.
One woman was killed and three people were injured on April 27.
The gunman opened fire in the busy Chabad of Poway near San Diego, California at 11.30am local time (BST).
Four people were taken to the Palomar Medical Centre to receive treatment – including a young girl.
Earnest, of San Diego, is believed to be a nursing student at California State University and has no known criminal record.
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There are indications in online messages that the shooter planned to live-stream the synagogue attack on Facebook – but did not succeed.
Earnest, who has been held without bail, is scheduled to appear in a San Diego court on Wednesday to face a charge of murder and three counts of attempted murder, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department website.
The horrific attack came exactly six months since a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein – who lost two fingers in the rampage – said the gunman’s shooting spree was cut short when his weapon malfunctioned[/caption]
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