President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed his condolences for the victims of a shooting at a synagogue in California that happened earlier that day, The Hill reports.
Shortly after a campaign rally in Wisconsin, Trump addressed the shooting, which ended in one person killed and three others wounded.
“Today America’s heart is with the victims of the horrific synagogue shooting in Poway, California,” Trump told supporters
“Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community. We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate, which must be defeated,” he continued.
“We are grateful to the law enforcement personnel for their courageous response,” he added. “And I especially want to recognize an off-duty border patrol agent who bravely returned fire and helped disrupt the attack and save so many lives.”
Trump had earlier offered “thoughts and prayers” to people affected by the shooting.
“Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California,” Trump tweeted. “God bless you all.”
“Suspect apprehended. Law enforcement did an outstanding job,” he wrote. “Thank you!”
Later, Trump addressed reporters, saying he believed the shooting to be a hate crime.
“My deepest sympathies go to the people that were affected– the families, the loved ones– by the, obviously – looks right now based on my last conversations – looks like a hate crime,” he said according to a pool report.
“At this moment it looks like a hate crime. But my deepest sympathies to all of those affected. And we’ll get to the bottom of it,” he added. “It looks like the person was apprehended, no more danger. And law enforcement has done a fantastic job.”
First Lady Melania Trump also offered condolences earlier in the day.
“On this last day of Passover, I was heartbroken to hear of another senseless shooting in a place of worship,” she tweeted. “My heart & prayers go out to all affected in the community.”
Ponway Mayor Steve Vaus told CNN that the attack was carried out by “someone with hate in their heart … towards our Jewish community and that just will not stand.”
San Diego County police department on Saturday stated that they have identified a suspect believed to be behind a shooting at a synagogue that killed one person and wounded three others.