Sunday 25 August 2019

FBI got tip just minutes before synagogue attack

The bureau says its employees immediately took action to identify who wrote the post but the shooting took place before they finished.

Signs of support and flowers adorn a post in front of the Chabad of Poway synagogue (Gregory Bull/AP)
Signs of support and flowers adorn a post in front of the Chabad of Poway synagogue (Gregory Bull/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

The FBI says it got tips about a threatening social media post about five minutes before a deadly attack on a synagogue near San Diego, but it was too late to identify the suspect.

In a statement to The Associated Press, the FBI said on Monday that it got word about the anonymous post through its tip website and phone line just before Saturday’s attack on the Chabad of Poway.

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Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was injured in the attack (Denis Poroy/AP)

The FBI says the tips included a link to the post, but did not offer specific information about its author or the location threatened.

The bureau says its employees immediately took action to identify who wrote the post but the shooting took place before they finished.

The attack killed one member of the congregation and wounded the rabbi and two others.

A 19-year-old man surrendered to police a short time later.

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