Hate Crime Charges Filed Against Poway Shooting Suspect

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The 19-year-old man accused of opening fire in a Poway synagogue has been charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder — all with hate crime allegations — as well as arson for a fire at a mosque, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, John T. Earnest has been charged with one count of murder with a hate-crime special circumstance and gun allegations, three counts of attempted murder with hate-crime and gun allegations and arson of a house of worship. Earnest is also charged with arson in an early morning fire at an Escondido, Calif., mosque last month. About 3:15 a.m. March 24, someone set a fire outside the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque. In the driveway of the mosque, investigators found vandalism referencing the March 15 shootings at two New Zealand mosques that left 50 people dead.

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