Who Is Robert Bowers, the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Suspect?

29 October, 2018, 19:19 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Thousands of people attended a vigil in Pittsburgh Saturday evening for the victims of the shooting

One of the Pittsburgh synagogue victims had just become a grandfather - and had been loving his new role, a grieving relative told The Post on Sunday.

A gunman named Robert Bowers killed 11 people after he barged into Tree of Life synagogue Saturday and opened fire, shouting religious slurs.

They victims - three women and eight men, all from Pittsburgh and the city's suburbs - ranged in age from 54 to 97, and included two brothers and one married couple.

Trump also told reporters he planned to travel to Pittsburgh this week.

He had an assault rifle and three handguns at the time of the attack, which lasted around 20 minutes, Jones said.

The gunman reportedly shouted antisemitic phrases during the shooting, which left 11 people dead and five injured, including four police officers.

Bowers was a long-haul trucker who worked for himself, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Sunday. "It's incredible to see the amount of people who came out because I was feeling really alone and completely separated from the community that gave me my Jewish identity, and here I feel so uplifted and supported by completely random strangers I met on the Internet. And saying we will not be scared into our homes, but we will come together as a community", said Temple Emanu-El President Mike Sims.

Brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal usually attended services.

"When people do this, they should get the death penalty", Trump said at the campaign rally at the Southern Illinois Airport.

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The two exchanged gunfire, he said, and Bowers reentered the building before a police tactical squad arrived.

"Just because I do something differently than you doesn't make me an evil or bad person", said Edward Feldman.

In one, early on Saturday, he wrote that a Jewish refugee group, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, "likes to bring invaders in that kill our people".

The suspect, a Pittsburgh resident, was shot and in fair condition at a hospital, authorities said.

The Tree of Life Synagogue, whose congregation was founded more than 150 years ago, is located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood that is historically the heart of Jewish life in greater Pittsburgh. Synagogue officials said police would only normally have been present for security on high holidays.

"And even if you weren't friends with them, you know them", she continued.

He urged people to be more politically active to combat hateful rhetoric, and he encouraged Jewish people to attend services to show they can not be intimidated.

At an interfaith vigil Sunday night, the head of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh pledged to support the Jewish community, and said Muslims were prepared to stand guard outside synagogues if needed.

The Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Council for Public Affairs described it as the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States.

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