Pennsylvania – A white male ranted “all Jews must die” as he fired into a Pittsburgh Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Saturday morning during a prayer service. At least 8 people were confirmed dead in the Tree of Life synagogue, with numerous people injured. He continued his rant even after surrendering to police, according to news reports.
Update: the death toll has been raised to at least 11, according to Fox News, with six others injured, including 4 police officers.
The latest on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting:
*At least 8 people are dead
*Three police officers were shot
*Suspect, a white male, surrendered
*Authorities still urging people to avoid the area https://t.co/hmkCGdFSF4 pic.twitter.com/esyWCjGi3b
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 27, 2018
The conditions of the injured were not immediately available.
“At 9:45 there were three simultaneous congregations’ services that were being held. In the main part of the building, The Tree of Life has a service that has about 40 people in it. Just below that there is a basement area where New Life congregation would have been having their Shabbat service. There would have been 30-40 people. Just adjacent to Tree of Life’s service area, a congregation was in the rabbi study room and they would have had approximately 15 people in there.” Michael Eisenberg, past president of the Tree of Life
The NYPD reportedly deployed heavy weapons teams, including Critical Response Command and Strategic Response Team, to houses of worship across New York City as a precaution after the attack, according to NBC.
KDKA reports that the suspect is identified as 46 year old Robert Bowers, a known white supremacist who not only hates Jews, but hates President Trump as well. He said he did not vote for Trump. His archived profile on GAB is at the above link under his name.
PITTSBURGH: Synagogue shooter Robert Bowers is Jew-hater and Trump-hater: The shooter is apparently a man named Robert Bowers, who hates Jews and hates President Trump. https://t.co/CbAI4njQFF pic.twitter.com/sV6oqdQ9Ye
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) October 27, 2018
“Events in Pittsburgh are far more devastating than originally thought. Spoke with Mayor and Governor to inform them that the Federal Government has been, and will be, with them all the way. I will speak to the media shortly and make further statement at Future Farmers of America.” Donald Trump tweet
Leftists immediately blamed President Trump and guns. Nothing new there. But white supremacists are mentally whacked from their evil beliefs in the first place- they view the world through a lens of hate.
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