Suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter CHARGED after gunning down 11 people

28 October, 2018, 07:18 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Multiple casualties’ in active shooter situation near synagogue in Pittsburgh

Law enforcement officials have identified the shooter as 46-year-old Robert Bowers.

Minister Naftali Bennett, Israel's Cabinet minister for diaspora affairs, made the comments following a Saturday morning shooting that police say has left several people dead.

Bowers burst into the Tree of Life synagogue and indiscriminately fired in the building while shouting, "All Jews must die", police sources told KDKA.

A SWAT team arrives at the Tree of Life Synagogue inPittsburgh, Pa. where a shooter opened fire injuring multiple people, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. He said he believed Bowers was acting alone, adding: "We have no knowledge that he was known to law enforcement before today".

As news broke of the shooting, some on social media noted that Bowers had an account on the social media site Gab. "Screw your optics, I'm going in", Reuters and CNN report.

But prior to the attack, Mr Bowers had posted anti-Semitic content on social network Gab under the username "onedingo".

Local media reports said that 11 people were killed while six others, including three policemen, were injured in the incident.

This shooting will be prosecuted as a hate crime, and the FBI will be leading the investigation, Hissrich said on the public safety department's Twitter page.

U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania Scott Brady said, "The actions of Robert Bowers represent the worst of humanity".

HIAS is a non-profit group based in Maryland that helps refugees around the world find safety and freedom. The suspect was reportedly injured when he surrendered after exchanging gunfire with police.

Trump called the shooting a "wicked act of mass murder" that "is pure evil, hard to believe and frankly something that is unimaginable". "This loss is our loss, and our thoughts are with Tree of Life Congregation, our local partner Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) of Pittsburgh, the city of Pittsburgh and all those affected by this senseless act of violence", the statement reads. Trump replied that it was "certainly an option" to what he said was "a world with many problems".

The website states, "Tree of Life Congregation was founded more than 150 years ago, Or L'Simcha about 5 years ago".

In a tweet, Trump encouraged people to shelter in place and said "looks like multiple fatalities".

Hissrich said six people were wounded, including four police officers.

Bowers also reposted a user who imploring others to be forewarned of a "false flag" attack before the midterm elections - a false claim repeated by far-right and some mainstream conservatives this week about the 14 explosive devices sent to prominent Trump critics.

When asked by a reporter about gun control, Trump suggested that an armed guard inside the synagogue would have been able to stop the suspect.

He says the general mood is one of shock as details continue to be released about victims.

The synagogue was preparing for a service at the time police received calls that members of the congregation were barricaded inside.

About 2,000 people came to the vigils, which were held at the Sixth Presbyterian Church and also at Murray and Forbes avenues about a half mile from the synagogue, an event organized by area high school students.


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