Synagogue shooting suspect leaves hospital, due in court

Synagogue shooting suspect leaves hospital, due in court

Synagogue shooting suspect leaves hospital, due in court

Robert Bowers walked through the Tree of Life synagogue, shooting at people in three locations. U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Bowers is charged with 11 counts of murdering victims who were exercising their religious beliefs, and 11 counts of using a firearm to commit murder. It wasn't clear whether he had an attorney to speak on his behalf.

Calls began coming in to 911 from the synagogue just before 10 a.m. Saturday.

"When Jews are murdered in Pittsburgh, the people of Israel feel the pain", he wrote.

Said Stephen Cohen, co-president of New Light Congregation: "The loss is incalculable".

Recalling the harrowing moments of the Saturday morning shooting in an interview on the "Today" show, Jeffrey Myers also called on US President Donald Trump to "tone down rhetoric" and take action against hate. He said he planned to travel to Pittsburgh, but offered no details.

Three congregations were conducting Sabbath services at Tree of Life when the attack began on Saturday morning.

The victims, eight men and three women, ranged in age from 54 to 97 and included a husband and wife, two brothers, professors, a dentist and a physician.

He said the community is far too strong to be knocked down. "It's one of the worst that I've seen".

The suspected gunman in the Pittsburgh attack, 46-year-old Robert Gregory Bowers, faces dozens of state and federal charges, including hate crimes, and is due in court on Monday.

"It isn't what you say after the tragedy that only matters", he said. The Jewish community is the backbone.

"Know that we will spare no effort or resource in insuring that the defendant is held fully accountable for his unspeakable and hateful crimes", Mr. Brady said. Before going on the rampage, Bowers posted an anti-Semitic message on social media network Gab, popular with right-wing activists, extremist, and neo-fascists.

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

Long before those incidents, many synagogues and Jewish organizations in the US had been ramping up security measures.

The landmark Eiffel Tower in Paris went dark on Sunday night as a tribute to those killed in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was "heartbroken and appalled" by the attack.

The comments followed an open letter signed by a coalition of local Jewish leaders and published by the Pittsburgh chapter of Bend The Arc, a progressive advocacy group, that also called for the president to avoid the city. "We should be working to eliminate irrational behaviour and the empowerment of people who would seek to cause this type of carnage from continuing".

Officials released the names of all 11 victims during a news conference Sunday, all of them middle-aged or elderly.

Trump, who labelled the shooting an "evil antisemitic attack", has said he will visit but a trip has not yet been confirmed. "It's about mourning right now", Mohamed said.

While Pennsylvania has the death penalty, it seldom enforces it.

The first funeral - for Cecil Rosenthal and his younger brother, David - was set for Tuesday. Among its treasures is a "Holocaust Torah", rescued from Czechoslovakia.

Rabbi Eli Wilansky lights a candle outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood after a mass shooting on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Chuck Diamond, a former rabbi at the synagogue who retired more than a year ago, said the building is locked during the week, and is outfitted with security cameras.

"Some will say that the solution is to get out and vote".

He added that he never saw the gunman.

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