Suspect identified in Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting

Saul Bowman
October 28, 2018

At least six other people were wounded, including four police officers who dashed to the scene, authorities said.

An attacker, reportedly carrying an AR-15 rifle and a Glock handgun, entered the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and opened fire on those praying there. "All this is a painful reminder that anti-Semitism - which one writer called "the longest and deepest hatred of human history" - is alive and well, and not just in the Middle East, but in the US, and throughout the world", the statement continued. The shooting is considered one of the deadliest attacks on Jewish people in recent US history.

Just before taking the stage, Trump again shared his condolences for what he called "the mass murder of Jewish Americans". "We must stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters to defeat anti-Semitism and vanquish the forces of hate".

In a statement, said it suspended the alleged gunman's account Saturday morning shortly after his name was mentioned on police radio chatter.

Three officers were also shot in the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

Saturday's deadly mass shooting follows the arrest of Cesar Sayoc, 56, a Trump supporter who is suspected of mailing out explosive devices to people Trump opposes. "Neighbors are advised to shelter in place and stay in their homes and lock their doors", Pittsburgh Police Cmdr.

"When a site is explicitly allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance, we take immediate and decisive action", a PayPal spokesperson said in an email. The tree-lined residential neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, is the hub of Pittsburgh's Jewish community. He added that Toronto police will continue to monitor the situation and that "adjustments" have been made to local security.

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who leads the congregation, said in a blog post in July that the government was unable to pass important laws, such as gun control, to protect citizens.

Hatred and violence on the basis of religion can have no place in our society.

Various Israeli leaders offered messages of solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish community.

"The world is a violent world", he said today. "We are dedicating the entire resources of my office to this federal hate crime investigation and prosecution", Scott Brady, the U.S. attorney for western Pennsylvania, said.

Law enforcement sources told CBS News that the suspect is a 48-year-old man named Robert Bowers, and local CBS affiliate KDKA reported that he shouted "all Jews must die" while opening fire.

"The NYPD is deploying heavy weapons teams, including the officers from the Critical Response Command and the Strategic Response Team, to houses of worship across the city", the department said in a statement.

"We must all pray and hope for no more loss of life", Wolf said.

Large numbers of congregants were present at the synagogue for Shabbat services.

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