When Jonathan Morales and Oscar Stewart heard the gunshots, they ran toward them.
Stewart, 51, was in the back of the room when the shots rang out, he told reporters. The veteran said his military training kicked in.
“I ran to fire. That’s what I did. I didn’t plan it. I didn’t think about it. It’s just what I did,” he said.
Stewart said he started yelling expletives at the gunmen, who stopped shooting when he heard Stewart’s voice.“Get down!” and “I’m going to kill you,” Stewart said he yelled.
According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the suspected gunman fled the synagogue to a nearby vehicle. Stewart was in close pursuit.
“Stewart caught up to the vehicle as the suspect was about to drive away,” the department said in a statement.
Stewart said he began punching the shooter’s window when Morales told him to get out of the way.
“He yelled, ‘Clear back, I have a gun,'” Stewart said. Then, Morales began firing.
The off-duty agent hit the car, but the gunman drove away, police said. Authorities later arrested John T. Earnest, 19, along Interstate 15. A rifle was found in the front passenger seat, police said.
“Mr. Stewart risked his life to stop the shooter and saved lives in the process,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.
As Paul commented earlier, here’s another take on the bravery of the people in the synagog
I’m sure that you’ve already heard about the shooting at the Chabad synagogue yesterday in Poway, CA. For those unfamiliar with Chabad, it is an orthodox Jewish movement engaged in outreach to other Jews, especially those who’ve gone adrift, so to speak.
Members of Chabad also tend towards the conservative end of the political spectrum, are often Republican and pro-Trump.
One of the members of the Poway congregation is a member of AR15.com, his screen name is “Drsalee” (he’s a dentist). He started a thread about the shooting yesterday and posted this comment on page 11 yesterday:
“This congregation is armed.
“Lori’s husband had a wheel gun hidden safely in a cabinet. Only a few congregants knew about it. The Rabbi is also armed.
“The perp parked out front, walked in the open front door. Shots were fired immediately, I’m not sure exactly who was hit first. The Rabbi had a few fingers shot off. Lori took one shot to the abdomen and died instantly.
“When husband heard the commotion, he retrieved the wheel gun and tossed it to the BP guy who was praying. There was another ex-military congregant accosted the perp, screaming at folks to get down. The perp panicked and ran to his car. The BP fired several shots into the car, blowing out the back window and possibly hitting a tire. The perp surrendered to local LA a mile down the road.
“The perp had multiple mags. A huge massacre was prevented by the presence of that wheel gun.”
[Here’s the first page of the AFRCOM thread]
(Note: Wheel gun is slang for a revolver, for those who don’t know.)
Once again, the only thing that prevented a massacre was the presence of a good guy with a gun and the guts to use it. I am posting this because I doubt it’s going to be reported in the MSM. It goes against the narrative that guns aren’t useful for defense.
I also want to note that I’ve read the perp’s manifesto. Aside from being an antisemite, he’s also anti-Trump, largely because he sees Trump as pro-Jewish and a Zionist. So, before anyone claims this is a result of Trump encouraging antisemitism or racism, stuff it.