Horrific Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh

October 27, 2018–Horrific mass shooting occurred today, when after at least 11 people were slain at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The suspect, identified as 46 year-old Robert Bowers, surrendered to authorities shortly after 11 a.m. and is listed in “fair” condition.

The shooting was at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood while Shabbat services were under way as well as a bris ceremony.

Police were able to rescue a number of people in the basement of the building but four were killed there.

Bowers, an avowed anti-Semite, barricaded himself on the third floor of the building and exchanged fire with police before surrendering, according to KDKA.

Four police officers were among the others wounded during the siege.
Police said the death toll may yet rise.

Bowers reportedly shouted anti-Semitic statements including “all Jews must die” after bursting into the synagogue shortly after 10 a.m., according to KDKA.

Squirrel Hill is a largely Jewish neighborhood with numerous synagogues and schools in the area. Tree of Life Synagogue is of the conservative denomination.

Bowers Twitter account was deleted shortly after the deadly shooting. He had an active social media account on the neo-Nazi site Gab. His biography reads, “Jews are the children of Satan.”

President Trump condemned the shooting: “There must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America.” He also added that the synagogue would have been better protected had it had an armed guard on site. “They would have been able to stop him,” the President said.