Six or seven shots followed by screams echoed around the Congregation Chabad synagogue. According to witnesses, the rabbi and four others attempted to calm the alleged gunman and dissuade him from further violence.
Consequently, four were injured and are being treated at the Palomar Medical Center Poway although their current state of health is still unknown, a hospital spokesperson said.
Steve Vaus, mayor of Poway, said the attacker is “someone with hate in their heart ... towards our Jewish community and that just will not stand.
"I also understand from folks on the scene that this shooter was engaged by people in the congregation and those brave people certainly prevented this from being a much worse tragedy," Vaus said.
After the incident, the San Diego Police Department said they will be providing extra patrol and security services at places of worship, regardless of prior threats.
The upper-middle-class community of Poway City is located 20 miles from San Diego and has a population of around 48,000.