11 people were killed after a gunman opened fire
Pittsburgh. At least 11 people were killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue during Sabbath religious services on Saturday.
In the deadliest “anti-Semitic attack” in America in years, reports PTI. The suspect was taken into custody after the attack at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue at Squirrel Hill area in Pittsburgh. He was identified by a law enforcement official as Robert Bowers (46).
Local media reports said that 11 people have been killed while six others including three policemen injured in the incident, though officials are yet to come out with an official toll. The shooter who was described as a white, heavy set with beard, was being questioned and treated at hospital.
The FBI is investigating this as a “hate crime”. Before opening fire, he reportedly yelled, “All Jews must die,” A large number of people had gathered for a morning service at the synagogue when the shooting took place. The motive was not immediately known.
Law enforcement officers secure the scene where multiple people were shot, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. (AP)
President Donald Trump told reporters at the airport in Indianapolis that there were “a lot of people killed” and “a lot of people very badly wounded.” He condemned the attack and described this as a devastating situation.
“Events in Pittsburgh are far more devastating than originally thought,” Trump said as he reiterated that those responsible for such mass shooting be given death penalty.