San Diego Heroes

PUBLISHED: 1:00 PM 29 Apr 2019
UPDATED: 5:13 PM 29 Apr 2019

Synagogue Shooting Heroes: Combat Vet ‘Scared’ And Chased Shooter

The incredible events surrounding the shooting, meant for evil, in San Diego involve a series of selfless and heroic deeds, showing that God was watching over His children.

Oscar Stewart was commended by the San Diego police department for his heroic act in rushing the synagogue gunman.

“’…no weapon forged against you will prevail… This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17

God is not dead, nor has he forgotten his promises. The shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego Saturday night (the last night of the Feast of Unleavened Bread) was meant for evil.

It was meant for death and wanton destruction.

But, evil was fought back mightily. The heroes who saved lives this weekend acted when called.

One 34-year-old man, who was wounded when the gunman came to kill, is being praised for saving several children from the hail of bullets.

“[The gunman] was just shooting, shooting, shooting, shooting. Like crazy. Just spraying,” said Danny Almog, whose friend Almog Peretz was shot in a leg while leading children to safety, FOX 5 San Diego reported.

Fox News reported:

Witnesses said Peretz grabbed children during the gunfire and ran with them to nearby exits.

“He grabbed all the kids in his hands and was just running towards the exit (when) he saw another kid over there,” Almog told the news station. “He grabbed him and started running and (that’s when) the shooter shot him in the leg. He didn’t care. He kept on running with the kids and just ran out.”

Peretz was recovering in a hospital Saturday night, along with a rabbi who was shot in a hand and a young girl struck by gunfire. They are all expected to survive. Lori Kaye, whose husband is a doctor, died from her injuries while shielding the Rabbi with her own body.

Another man, a combat veteran was instrumental in sending the shooter away and aiding the arrest. His actions were amazing.

Israel National News reported:

A military veteran praying at the Chabad of Poway just north of San Diego on during the shooting attack Saturday was instrumental in putting an end to the deadly attack which left one member of the congregation dead and three more wounded.

Fifty-one-year-old Oscar Stewart, a veteran of both the US Army and Navy, dashed to the synagogue foyer and charged Earnest, forcing him to flee the scene – effectively ending the attack.

The rampage finally ended when Stewart charged the gunman, screaming so loud witnesses say it sounded like a “chorus of four or five men” – a sound so loud a priest at a nearby church heard it.

A former army staff sergeant, Stewart served in the US Navy from 1990 to 1994, then enlisted in the Army after the September 11th attacks in 2001, and served in Iraq in 2003.

According to The Daily Caller, which spoke with Stewart and his wife, Stewart rushed the gunman, threatening to kill him.

“Get down!” Stewart screamed. “I’m going to kill you!”

Stewart says he “scared the hell” out of the shooter, forcing him to flee.

“I knew I had to be within five feet of this guy so his rifle couldn’t get to me. So I ran immediately toward him, and I yelled as loud as I could. And he was scared. I scared the hell out of him.”

“When I came around the corner into the lobby area, I saw the individual with a gun, and he fired two rounds. And I yelled at him and I must have yelled very loud, and he looked at me, and I must have had a really mean look on my face or something, because he immediately dropped his weapon and turned and ran. And then I gave chase.”

“Looking back, it was kind of a crazy idea to do, but I did it.”

The gunman ran out to his car, with Stewart in hot pursuit, pounding on the vehicle.

“I thank God for giving me the courage to do what I did,” Stewart told NBC7 San Diego. “I don’t think there’s any other reason other than God gave me the courage to do it.”

“I focused on the rifle to make sure it didn’t come up. Once I saw it go down I just ran at him and he turned and ran. I just chased him the whole time. When he saw me he had a scared look on his face. I punched the car because I saw him looking like he was going to pick up the rifle again. So I punched the car as hard as I could, and he dropped [the gun].”

Breitbart News reported another element in the heroic actions taken by an off-duty border patrol agent:

A source in the San Diego Jewish community told Breitbart News on Saturday evening that the U.S. Border Patrol agent who chased the shooter at a Poway, California, synagogue earlier was given a gun by an armed parishioner.

The congregant had come to the synagogue to say Yizkor, the memorial prayer for the dead, as is customary on the last day of Passover, which coincided with the Jewish Sabbath.

He had brought a gun in his tallis (prayer shawl) bag as a precaution.

When the shooting started, according to the source, the congregant handed the gun to an off-duty Border Patrol agent, telling him that he knew better what to do with the gun than the congregant himself.

He followed Stewart, chasing the shooter, and the San Diego police wish to acknowledge both men “The Border Patrol Agent then fired a weapon in the suspect’s direction striking the vehicle as it drove away. Mr. Stewart risked his life to stop the shooter and saved lives in the process.”

It is apparent to many people that God was watching over His people on Saturday night. The actions of these brave individuals show that when good men stand up to evil, evil runs away.