A 19-year-old man armed with an assault-style rifle opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego on Saturday, killing one woman inside and wounding three others in a hate crime on the last day of Passover.
The 19-year-old man, whose name was not released, fled in a car and called 911 shortly afterward to say he was involved in the shooting at Chabad of Poway, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said.
When an officer reached the man on a roadway, “the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody,” Mr Nisleit said.
The officer found an AR-type rifle in the front passenger seat.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus characterised the shooting as a “hate crime,” saying his assessment was based on statements uttered by the gunman when he entered the synagogue.
At the White House, US President Donald Trump said: “My deepest sympathies go to the people that were affected.” He added that “it looks like a hate crime” and that authorities will “get to the bottom of it.”