Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Suspect in custody in deadly Pittsburgh synagogue attack

Multiple casualties’ in active shooter situation near synagogue in Pittsburgh National ‘Multiple casualties’ in active shooter situation near synagogue in Pittsburgh Breaking News
Gerardo Duncan | 28 October, 2018, 09:40

In the deadliest "anti-Semitic attack" in U.S. in years, a gunman opened fire at a Jewish synagogue on Saturday in the USA city of Pittsburgh, killing at least 11 people and injuring several others including three policemen. He has been identified as Robert Bowers.

The bio on his account - which has now been suspended - said: "Jews are the children of Satan".

The 46-year-old's cover photo on Gab showed the number 1488, which is often used by neo-Nazis.

Bowers also reposted anti-Semitic content, including one which suggested that Trump is controlled by Jews. The text of that posting read: "anyone looking for a 9×19 striker fired handgun? i recommend you take a look at the walther ppq. awesome trigger".

President Donald Trump said he was monitoring the shooting.

Speaking to a massive, cheering crowd at an airport hangar in southern Illinois, Trump said "the hearts of all Americans are filled with grief, following the monstrous killing". "There is no #MAGA as long as there is a k*** infestation".

It wasn't clear if Bowers had an attorney to speak on his behalf. One former neighbor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, remembered Bowers as unremarkable. But Lipstadt said she was taken aback by the scale and horror of the Pittsburgh rampage.

Bowers moved out of that house in 2015.

Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu also condemned the attack Saturday, tweeting in Hebrew that Israel "grieves with the families of the dead".

The nation's latest mass shooting drew condemnation and expressions of sympathy from politicians and religious leaders of all stripes.

The shooter made anti-Jewish comments after he was apprehended, a law enforcement official told CNN.

Trump said lawmakers "should very much bring the death penalty into vogue" and people who kill in places such as synagogues and churches "really should suffer the ultimate price".

HIAS is a Maryland-based nonprofit group that helps refugees around the world find safety and freedom. "We appreciate the list of friends you have provided", the poster wrote before linking to the Web page that lists all of the participating congregations.

According to local media and authorities, the gunman shouted "All Jews must die" when he stormed the synagogue.

While pointing to his coiffure, he continued: "And I said, 'at least you know it's mine.' And I said 'Maybe, I should cancel this arrangement because I have a bad hair day.' And the bad news, somebody said it actually looks better than it usually does".

Hetfield said he was attending a bar mitzvah in the District of Columbia when his phone began buzzing in his pocket with dozens of calls and messages about the shooting and the suspect's alleged posts about the HIAS.

"The world is a violent world", he said before his speech. "It has primarily come out of the margins, and what's different about this moment and chilling about this moment is that the rhetoric is now coming out of the mainstream, and it's giving permission to people on the margins to act out".

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