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Passover ‘shooting incident’ at Poway synagogue near San Diego

A man was detained Saturday afternoon by police in Poway, California, for a “shooting incident” at a synagogue that left some people injured, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said.

The incident occurred on the last day of Passover at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, which was scheduled to hold a Passover holiday celebration that started at 11:00 a.m. PDT. 

Sgt. Aaron Melaaron of San Diego County Sheriff’s Department told reporters in a quick briefing that the shooter came into the Chad Temple, but was not there when officers arrived. He said the shooter was detained down the street away from the temple.

People are in “varying states of injuries,” he said, adding that it was an “extremely chaotic scene, with people running everywhere.”

He did not say how many people are injured.

Poway is about 25 miles northeast of San Diego. 

“A man has been detained for questioning in connection with a shooting incident at the Chabad of Poway synagogue,” the sheriff’s department said in a tweet. “Deputies were called to Chabad Way just before 11:30 a.m. There are injuries. This is a developing situation.”

Thirty-seven minutes earlier, the sheriff’s department had issued an alert about a possible incident.

“Be aware of increased law enforcement activity in the 16000 block of Chabad Way as @SDSOPoway Deputies investigate reports of a man with a gun. Please stay clear of the area and allow deputies to safely do their job. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.”

On the synagogue’s Facebook page, worshipers had been invited to “experience the Priestly blessing during the prayer invocation.” It was to be followed by a final Passover meal at 7 pm. 

This is a developing story. Check back at USA TODAY for more details. 

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