Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Takes Down Synagogue Active Shooter

An off-duty Border Patrol agent stopped an active shooter at a synagogue Saturday morning.

Poway, CA - An active shooter at a synagogue near San Diego was stopped by an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent who engaged the shooter in a gunfight.

The shooting happened Saturday at around 11:30 a.m. at the Chabad of Poway Jewish congregation during a Passover celebration, according to Daily Mail.

The unidentified 19-year-old gunman entered the synagogue while wearing a tactical vest, a helmet, and opened fire with an "AR-type assault weapon", according to CBS8.

The gunman shot four people, then an armed off-duty Border Patrol agent drew his weapon and returned fire.

The suspect fled for his life and called 911 to say he was involved in a shooting, according to CBS8.

San Diego Sheriff's Department deputies arrived and took the gunman into custody at gunpoint.

One of the female shooting victims has succumbed to her injuries.

"This shooter was engaged by people in the congregation and those brave people certainly prevented this from being a much worse tragedy," Poway Mayor Steve Vaus announced at the press conference.

Mayor Vaus said that the attack appears to be a hate crime based on undisclosed statements made by the gunman during the attack.

President Donald Trump told the press that based on the information he has, the attack appears to be a hate crime.

"My deepest sympathies go to the families who were affected," President Trump said. "It looks like the person has been apprehended, no more danger, and law enforcement has done a fantastic job."

President Trump took to Twitter to thank the Border Patrol agent.

"Sincerest THANK YOU to our great Border Patrol Agent who stopped the shooter at the Synagogue in Poway, California," the President tweeted. "He may have been off duty but his talents for Law Enforcement weren’t!"

The shooting occurred just hours after the New York Times was forced to apologize for publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon in their Thursday edition.

Senator Bernie Sanders has responded to the shooting with a call to "take serious action to protect Americans from gun violence." Failed U.S. Senate Candidate and convicted criminal Beto O'Rourke echoed the call to action on gun violence.

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Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

This isn't about Gun Violence it's about race and religion beliefs! Nothing will change that. Bernie needs to get the hell out of our country! I can't fucking stand him!!! Guns aren't the problem idiot!

LindaLow
LindaLow

F Bernie & Beto! It's NOT Gun Violence it is Hatred & Bigotry that has been fostered by the DemoRats (aka American Terrorist). Pelosi is a Hypocrite but at least for the moment she's not screaming Gun Violence, only pandering to try to keep more Jewish people from dumping the DemoRats.

Goodguys
Goodguys

A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with one. A major thank you to the off duty LEO who despite being outgunned by a rifle, intervenes and stops the threat.

Yet another example of carrying off duty or legal carrying concealed being a must.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Hmm. Eventually some of you will live to regret what you let your children do in this country.

M4Defense
M4Defense

A good guy with a gun saved lives.

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

Notice that President Trump was the only one to thank the off-duty officer. The other 3 idiots were only focusing on political scoring.

Freebie
Freebie

Great job by our dedicated border patrol!! Saved many lives. Really cut down what could have been a total massacre.

RmdGRD
RmdGRD

The left will attempt to spin this hatred as they continue their onslaught of misguided democratic leadership to push gun control. If gun control were the way the left wants, more would be dead or injured, since this LEO wouldn't have had a gun. Great job sir. My heart goes out to the families of the injured and dead.

JBo
JBo

Before all is said and done, liberals and the media will have this turned around so that it's the Border Patrol's officer that's responsible for this shooter going nuts.

bluknight
bluknight

Nancy by any standard of civil social behavior has to take action agaisnt​ her anti jewish​ religion new members of congress​, we all know their names! To have members of the United States Congress openly make statements to feed the beast of hatred of one of strongest allies is disgusting, and imoral, and she and the rest of this hateful crew know it.

bob95648
bob95648

"We must do something about this gun violence."

Somebody already did. They shot back.

bluknight
bluknight

The off duty cop aka Border Patrol who, State Patrol, City cop, Sheriffs Officer, are all cops, let's be clear here. Showed incredible courage in the face of almost certain death facing down a superior weapon with more firepower with a psycho operating it! To give up his position by engaging the shooter is more difficult than anyone, including our hero here, could ever imagine. Some will consider it a little crazy, to include the hero on some nights as he lies down to sleep when stressful and danger based decisions come back to bear; but this is what cops do! We get a little crazy in the moment since he or she knows that they may be the only one to help save others at this moment in time!

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

Of course, Nancy Pelosi and other quick-to-criticize-guns Democrats can’t speak the words “Border Patrol Agent” when praising “first responders and community members working to protect their neighbors”. Admit it Democrat’s! It was an armed Border Patrol Agent who stopped this hate crime from claiming many more lives.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

It’s amazing the very people the Democrats are belittling (border patrol) engaged the suspect. Then the democrats wants to blame the guns again. It’s not the guns it’s the idiots that pull the trigger. If somebody wants to kill they can kill with anything, Butler knife, stick, or anything. It’s not the guns fault!!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I bet there wasn’t one person there who wasn’t happy or relieved to see and off duty firing back. Hopefully a new found appreciation or some kind of revival of appreciation is brought back. Good job, and thank you for stepping up. You didn’t have to, but you did, and that’s what separates LEs from the rest.

cspcapt
cspcapt

None of the politicians mentioned the heroic act of the Border Patrol agent These people are evil

K9ReddyMom
K9ReddyMom

Bernie outta touch with reality..

Thank you for the devoted men and women of law enforcement all branches all duties you are our silent heros.

jerry 8842
jerry 8842

Thank you LEO for being at the right place at the right time with the right equipment and the will to step in to handle the situation.

Lbw654
Lbw654

Bernie and Francis need to shut their dirt socialist mouths . This is pure and simple a hate crime the gun did nothing the shooter did. San Diego county has strict weapons laws on top of The states strict laws that did nothing to stop this kid !! Get a clue it’s not the guns it’s a human problem!

Rayb
Rayb

The media seems to be skipping over the fact this guy returned the bad guys fire.. most stories I’ve heard .. the gun jammed and he left and called 911..