11 Dead in Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting



Trump orders flags flown at half-staff at federal buildings in “solemn respect” for the synagogue shooting victims.

7:40 p.m.
Thousands of people jammed an intersection amid a light rain for a vigil Saturday evening for the victims of a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue earlier in the say. The gathering included prayers and singing in memory of those killed and wounded.
A “vote, vote, vote” chant broke out during the emotional gathering where some derided the nation’s political climate.
Several attendees blamed the shooting on the nation’s political climate and said they took little solace in a planned visit by President Donald Trump.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf attended the vigil, suspending a campaign bus trip after learning of the attack.
State Rep. Dan Frankel, who represents the district that includes the synagogue, was speaking at a house party about a block away when the shooting occurred. The Democrat said other attendees heard the gunfire.
“We’ll be dealing with this for months and years,” Frankel said. “It leaves an indelible mark.”
Frankel called the area the heart of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, estimating about 20 synagogues are located with a couple miles of the vigil site.
6:45 p.m.
President Donald Trump says “the hearts of all Americans are filled with grief, following the monstrous killing” at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Trump told a crowd at a political rally in Murphysboro, Illinois, that “the evil anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us.” He said: “This was an anti-Semitic attack at its worst.”
The president said it must be “confronted and condemned everywhere it rears it very ugly head” Trump said “through the centuries the Jews have endured terrible persecution” and said “When you have crimes like this… we have to bring back the death penalty.”
Trump is hoping to help vulnerable Republicans in the Nov. 6 elections that will determine which party controls Congress. He’s planning at least 10 rallies over the five-day stretch before Election Day.
The Saturday shooting killed 11 people and left 6 injured at the Tree of Life synagogue. The shooter is in custody.
6:25 p.m.
President Donald Trump is condemning the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue as “an assault on humanity,” and calling on Americans to “unite to conquer hate.”
In a pair of tweets, Trump said, “All of America is in mourning over the mass murder of Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We pray for those who perished and their loved ones, and our hearts go out to the brave police officers who sustained serious injuries.”
“This evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity. It will take all of us working together to extract the poison of Anti-Semitism from our world. We must unite to conquer hate.”
The Saturday shooting killed 11 people and left 6 injured at the Tree of Life synagogue. The shooter is in custody.
6:10 p.m.
President Donald Trump says he will be going to Pittsburgh in the wake of a mass shooting at a synagogue.
Speaking to reporters in southern Illinois before a rally, Trump confirmed he would go but did not offer details.
Trump said he chose to continue with a campaign rally because he did not want “evil people” to control his life. But he said he would change his tone.
The suspect, Robert Bowers, is believed to have spewed anti-Semitic slurs and rhetoric on social media shortly before barging into a baby-naming ceremony at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday and opening fire. He is in custody at a local hospital.
Eleven people were killed and six injured in one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in U.S. history.
5:50 p.m.
The founder and CEO of the social media site Gab.com has posted that PayPal has banned his site from using the online payment service.
The social media site is popular with far-right extremists and is where the alleged shooter at a Pittsburgh synagogue had a profile.
PayPal spokeman Justin Higgs confirmed it canceled the Gab’s account.
Higgs wrote in an email: “The company is diligent in performing reviews and taking account actions. When a site is explicitly allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance, we take immediate and decisive action.”
Earlier, Gab said it has suspended the alleged gunman’s account, backed up the content and notified the FBI.
Gab says its mission is to defend free expression and individual liberty online for all people.
5:15 p.m.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department intends to file hate crime and other charges against the man accused in a Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that killed 11 people.
In a statement Saturday, Sessions said the killings were “reprehensible and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation.”
That echoes earlier comments from President Donald Trump, who said such shooters should receive the death penalty and “suffer the ultimate price.
“The United States attorney in Pittsburgh said federal charges could be filed as soon as Saturday.
5:10 p.m.
Police departments in several Phoenix-suburbs are stepping up visibility and patrols around houses of worship in their communities in the wake of a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in which 11 people were killed.
Television stations KTVK/KPHO report that cities where police said Saturday they’re stepping up patrols and taking other steps include Chandler, Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale and that several police departments’ spokesmen said synagogues will get special attention.
Sgt. Ben Hoster of the Scottsdale Police Department said there weren’t any credible threats against religious institutions in the area bu that the extra precautions being taken are intended to ensure their safety.
Hoster said police are encouraging residents to be aware of their surroundings and to say something if they see anything suspicions.

Update 3:46 Central Time

Florida Governor Rick Scott has directed the Florida Highway Patrol to increase patrols of state troopers at religious intuitions across the state following a shooting at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA that killed 11 people and injured 6. 

4:25 p.m.
An FBI official says the man suspected of killing 11 people at a Pennsylvania synagogue was not known to law enforcement.
Bob Jones, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Pittsburgh, says investigators believe Robert Bowers was acting alone.
He says Bowers’ full motive still isn’t known.
Jones said the scene of Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation was “the most horrific crime scene I have seen” in 22 years with the FBI.
Police say 11 people were killed and six people, including four police officers, were injured.

3 p.m.
People with knowledge of the investigation are telling The Associated Press that at least 10 people have died in the shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue.
Authorities say the gunman opened fire during a baby naming ceremony Saturday morning at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Six people were wounded, including six police officers.
The people spoke to the AP anonymously because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the shooting.

1:30 p.m.
A law enforcement official has identified the suspect in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue as Robert Bowers.
The official said Bowers was in his 40s.
The official wasn’t authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Authorities said the gunman opened fire during a baby naming ceremony Saturday morning at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
City officials said six people, including four police officers, were injured. They said several people were also killed.
The synagogue is located about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh in a neighborhood that is the hub of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community.

12:30 p.m.
Israel is expressing its shock and concern and offering assistance to the local community following the shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Minister Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Cabinet minister for diaspora affairs, made the comments following a Saturday morning shooting that police say has left several people dead.
Bennet says he is “following the news with concern,” and has instructed Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs to prepare to assist the community in every possible way.
He adds: “Our hearts go out to the families of those killed and injured. May the memory of the murdered be blessed.”

Update Saturday 10:44 am

Police are reporting a suspect is in custody after a shooting that caused “multiple casualties” at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.
Three officers were also shot in the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
Police spokesman Chris Togneri says police have no more information at this time because they are still trying to clear the building and figure out if any more threats exist.
The synagogue is located at the intersection of Wilkins and Shady avenues. The tree-lined residential neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, is the hub of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community.
President Donald Trump says he’s been monitoring the shooting. In a tweet, Trump encouraged people to shelter in place and said “looks like multiple fatalities.”

Update Saturday 10:22 am

Currently, there’s an active shooter situation in Pittsburgh. KDKA reports that a man entered Squirrel Hill Synagogue and killed at least 7 people. Right now police have him cornered on the third floor. KDKA also reports that at least two police officers have been shot, condition unknown.

Original Story

Multiple casualties reported after shooting near Pittsburgh synagogue.

Pittsburgh police tweeted that there was an active shooter in the area of Wilkins and Shady avenues.
The Tree of Life Congregation synagogue is at that intersection.
No further information was immediately available.

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