11 Dead, 6 Injured In Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
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11 Dead, 6 Injured In Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

  • The scene of a mass hooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Getty Images
    The scene of a mass hooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Getty Images
  • Tammy Hepps, Kate Rothstein and her daughter, Simone Rothstein, 16, pray from a prayerbook a block away from the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Getty Images
    Tammy Hepps, Kate Rothstein and her daughter, Simone Rothstein, 16, pray from a prayerbook a block away from the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Getty Images
  • Police speak with members of the community after a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue at Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2018. - A synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh has left at least 11 people dead and several more wounded, several US media said, an attack the US president has condemned as anti-Semitic. (Photo by Dustin Franz / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DUSTIN FRANZ/AFP/Getty Images)
    Police speak with members of the community after a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue at Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2018. - A synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh has left at least 11 people dead and several more wounded, several US media said, an attack the US president has condemned as anti-Semitic. (Photo by Dustin Franz / AFP) (Photo credit should read DUSTIN FRANZ/AFP/Getty Images)
  • PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 27: Rapid reaction SWAT members leave the scene of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to reports, at least 12 people were shot, 4 dead and three police officers hurt during the incident. The shooter surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody. Getty Images
    PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 27: Rapid reaction SWAT members leave the scene of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to reports, at least 12 people were shot, 4 dead and three police officers hurt during the incident. The shooter surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody. Getty Images
  • Police block a road near the Tree of Life Synagogue, after a gunman opened fire inside at Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2018. - A synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh is "likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States," an American civil rights group. (Photo by Dustin Franz / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DUSTIN FRANZ/AFP/Getty Images)
    Police block a road near the Tree of Life Synagogue, after a gunman opened fire inside at Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2018. - A synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh is "likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States," an American civil rights group. (Photo by Dustin Franz / AFP) (Photo credit should read DUSTIN FRANZ/AFP/Getty Images)
  • PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 27:  A woman watches the activity a block away from the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to reports, at least 12 people were shot, 4 dead and three police officers hurt during the incident. The shooter surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
    PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 27: A woman watches the activity a block away from the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to reports, at least 12 people were shot, 4 dead and three police officers hurt during the incident. The shooter surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
  • Matthew Chinman, 49, of Squirrel Hill, hugs a fellow community member during a vigil held to remember those who died earlier in the day during a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018. Getty Images
    Matthew Chinman, 49, of Squirrel Hill, hugs a fellow community member during a vigil held to remember those who died earlier in the day during a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018. Getty Images
  • A woman holds a candle during a vigil in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2018, to remember those that died in the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting earlier in the day. - The gunman who killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh will face federal charges that carry the death penalty, the US Justice Department said. Getty Images
    A woman holds a candle during a vigil in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2018, to remember those that died in the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting earlier in the day. - The gunman who killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh will face federal charges that carry the death penalty, the US Justice Department said. Getty Images
  • Police respond to the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Oct. 27, 2018. JTA
    Police respond to the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Oct. 27, 2018. JTA

This is a developing story.

The alleged gunman who killed 11 people and injured six at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday assailed the Jewish resettlement agency HIAS on his web page and said “I’m going in.”

The shooting occurred shortly before 10 a.m. during a bris circumcision ceremony at The Tree of Life, a 150-year-old Conservative movement congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, which has a substantial Jewish population. Some 100 worshippers were at the synagogue, which was holding three services at the time.

Police arrived on the scene just minutes after receiving calls about the gunfire and engaged the suspect, who has been identified as Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old white male. Bowers shouted “All these Jews need to die,” according to reports.

Among the injured were a 70-year-old male and a 61-year-old woman. The man had injuries to his torso and was in critical condition. Four police offers were wounded.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich called the attack a hate crime, which puts it under the purview of the FBI.

Bob Jones, the FBI official from the Pittsburgh office in charge of the bureau’s investigation, at a late afternoon news briefing called it the ‘most horrific crime scene” he has seen in his 22 years with the FBI.

Bowers surrendered to a SWAT team on the scene. He allegedly was carrying an assault-style rifle and multiple pistols, a law enforcement official said. The suspect was taken to a hospital, Hissrich said, but did not offer details.

On screen shots from his suspended web page on gab.com, Bowers wrote:

“HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people.

I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered.

Screw your optics, I’m going in,” he wrote.

The page also said that “jews are the children of satan. (john 8:44)”

Bowers’ account was rife with anti-Semitic conspiracies and anti-Trump posts/conspiracies.

Jason Lando, a police spokesman, told CNN that neighbors were told to keep indoors and shelter in place. Carnegie Mellon University also was put on lockdown.

Police said that at least three officers were hit in the gunfire exchanges.

President Donald Trump responded to the shooting on Twitter, saying that it “looks like multiple fatalities.”

“Watching the events unfolding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” Trump said. “Law enforcement on the scene. People in Squirrel Hill area should remain sheltered.”

Later Trump told reporters: “This is a case where if they had an armed guard inside, they might have been able to stop him immediately” and “maybe there would be nobody killed.”

Tree of Life, which merged five years ago with another congregation, Ohr L’Simcha, is on the same campus as two other synagogues: New Light, which is also Conservative, and Dor Hadash, a Reconstructionist synagogue.

The New York Police Department deployed extra officers to that city’s synagogues on Saturday morning.

Two of Pittsburgh’s professional sports teams, the Steelers and Penguins, were among those that tweeted their thoughts and prayers.

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