According to The Daily Beast, the parents of John Earnest delivered a statement on Monday in which they called their son evil. John Earnest, 19, opened fire on a synagogue on Saturday, killing one person and injuring three.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue,” the family said in a statement. “But our sadness pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many innocent people. He has killed and injured the faithful who were gathered in a sacred place on a sacred day. To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries.”
Earnest allegedly entered Chabad of Poway with an assault-style rifle and opened fire. A rabbi was among the three wounded.
Approximately twenty minutes prior to the attack, Earnest published an anti-Semitic manifesto. He said he idolized Brenton Tarrant, who allegedly attacked the Christchurch mosque. He also said he idolized Robert Bowers, who killed 11 Jewish people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. During the manifesto, Earnest cited Adolf Hitler.
An Army veteran chased Earnest out of the synagogue after he opened fire. Earnest escaped in a vehicle, but soon after he called 911 and told police where he could be found on the highway.
He will be arraigned in San Diego County court on Wednesday. He’s facing one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Earnest, an honors student and pianist at Mt. Carmel High School, grew up in a middle-class neighborhood. His family attended church weekly at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Escondido.
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