Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein revealed on Sunday that President Donald Trump called him and personally comforted him following the tragic terror attack that happened at his synagogue, the Chabad of Poway synagogue, on Saturday which left one dead and three others injured.
"I received a personal phone call from our president, Donald Trump," Goldstein told reporters. "I was amazed to answer the phone and say the secretary of the White House was calling. And he spent close to 10, 15 minutes with me on the phone."
"It's the first time that I have ever spoken to a President of the United States of America," Goldstein continued. "He shared with me condolences on behalf of the United States of America. And We spoke about the moment of silence. And he spoke about his love of peace and Judaism and Israel and he was just so comforting that I’m really grateful to our president for taking the time and making that effort to share with us his comfort and consolation."
"Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, a long-time member of the Chabad of Poway synagogue where the shooting occurred, died from her injuries," NBC San Diego reported. "Her rabbi, 57-year-old Yisroel Goldstein lost his index finger when he put his hand up as the gunman approached him."
"Almog Peretz, 34 was declared a hero after he was shot in the leg while shuffling out a group of school-aged children — one of them was eight-year-old Noya Dahan, who described the shooting in an interview with NBC News," NBC San Diego continued. "Both Lev and Kaye's friend Audrey Jacobs said that as the rabbi was being wheeled into surgery, he said, 'Let everyone know Lori Kaye saved me.'"
An off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent who was at the synagogue opened fire on the suspect and is credited with helping prevent a worse tragedy from taking place.
NBC San Diego reported the "off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent who was in the synagogue at the time of the shooting opened fire on the suspect, missing the man but striking his vehicle."
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus stated: "This shooter was engaged by people in the congregation and those brave people certainly prevented this from being a much worse tragedy."
President Donald Trump praised the agent on Twitter, writing: "Sincerest THANK YOU to our great Border Patrol Agent who stopped the shooter at the Synagogue in Poway, California. He may have been off duty but his talents for Law Enforcement weren’t!"
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