One person died and several others were injured at a synagogue in San Diego, California, on Saturday, San Diego County authorities confirmed, Trend reported citing Xinhua.
A man has been detained for questioning in connection with the shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, said San Diego Sheriff's Department.
Deputies from the Poway station were called to Chabad Way, where the synagogue is located, just before 11:30 a.m.
Multiple law enforcement sources told local media that four people were shot.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus told media that the facility was targeted because it was a place for the Jewish community to gather.
"I understand that this was someone with hate in their heart, hate for the Jewish community," he said of the shooter.
Those wounded were taken to Palomar Medical Center. Their conditions have not been disclosed so far.
The synagogue was hosting a Passover holiday celebration at 11 a.m. on Saturday, according to a post on its Facebook page.
The Sheriff's Department asked the public to remain clear of the areas as the investigation will take several hours.
"Please respect the medical privacy of victims and their families during this difficult time," it tweeted.
It also asked the public not to spread misinformation that could cause concern or panic.