Poway, California, synagogue shooting suspect may have left manifesto

A hateful manifesto circulated online Saturday afternoon, following a shooting at a California synagogue that left one woman dead and three others injured.

The “open letter” was attributed to a user named “John T. Earnest,” the same name as the 19-year-old shooting suspect currently in police custody, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore confirmed Saturday.

In a post on fringe message board 8chan, a user linking to the manifesto and a now-locked Facebook profile wrote, “It’s been real dudes. From the bottom of my heart thank you for everything.”

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Gore said “we have copies of his social media posts and his open letter,” seemingly referring to the manifesto that was circulating online.

Read more:1 dead, 3 injured after California synagogue shooting that the local mayor is calling a ‘hate crime’

Neighbors and media members gather outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Poway, Calif.
Associated Press/Denis Poroy

The eight-page manifesto outlines the author’s hatred for Jewish people and intent to defend what he describes as his European lineage.

The manifesto also mentions Brenton Tarrant as the author’s inspiration for the attack. Tarrant is the suspected gunman who has been charged with killing 50 people at a New Zealand mosque last month while livestreaming on Facebook.

The open letter bears strong similarities to a manifesto written by Tarrant before the New Zealand shooting.

INSIDER could not independently verify the author of the manifesto.

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