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Relative Of Former Arizona State Senator Injured In California Synagogue Shooting

David Schapira
Jackie Hai/KJZZ
David Schapira.

A shooting Saturday at a synagogue in Poway, California, near San Diego, left one person dead and several people injured. Among those hurt was the 90-year-old uncle of former Arizona state Sen. David Schapira.

He said his uncle was not shot, but did injure his arm while dropping to the ground to avoid gunfire.

“He was a little disoriented," Schapira said about his uncle. "But that can be attributed to the fact that he’s 90 years old and just went through a pretty serious trauma.”

Schapira said his uncle was able to make it home and get treated there.

A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with the shooting. Authorities in San Diego are referring to the incident as a hate crime.

After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.