The teenage gunman who attacked a synagogue in San Diego, killing a woman and injuring three others, was the apparent author of an online manifesto in which he described himself as a martyr with a hatred for anyone seeking the ‘destruction” of the white race.
On Sunday, as Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, described the attack as a “blow to the heart of the Jewish people,” it was revealed that the 19-year-old also claimed responsibility for an arson attack on a mosque in Escondido last month, less than ten miles away.
John T Earnest, believed to be a nursing student at a local university and son of a retired high school teacher, surrendered to police after fleeing the Chabad of Poway synagogue, where he opened fire as worshippers were celebrating the last day of Passover on Saturday.
An hour before the attack, a person identifying themselves as Earnest posted an anti-Semitic letter to several online forums in which he wrote: “I would die a thousand times over to prevent the doomed fate that the Jews have planned for my race.
“The Jews have depleted our patience and our mercy. I feel no remorse. I only wish I killed more.”
The writer also shared his admiration for the perpetrators of other mass shootings, including the gunman who killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue six months ago and the Christchurch mosque massacre.