Lone gunman shouting ‘All Jews must die’ sprayed worshipers with bullets at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh during the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday
11 dead and multiple injured – including four police officers, two in critical condition
The shooter identified as 46-year-old Rob Bowers armed with an AR-15 surrendered to SWAT after a gunfight with police
Bowers a well known Jew hating White Supremacist from Pittsburgh, opened fire on the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue at 9.30am on Saturday morning
After killing three people on the main floor then went to a smaller congregation in the basement and shot and killed another three people
Fleeing to the third floor where he exchanged gunfire with police which left four police officers injured before being shot himself and surrendering to SWAT officers
The synagogue was packed for a Sabbath service and a bris ceremony at the time and had no security
Authorities say Bowers will likely be charged with hate crimes
Police respond to the shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh, Pa., during the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday
A lone shooter spewing anti-Semitic venom opened fire Saturday morning in a Pittsburgh synagogue, with reports of several people dead in the gunfire before the assailant surrendered.
“All Jews must die!” the gunman shouted before opening fire on dozens of congregants inside the Tree of Life synagogue, according to KDKA-TV.
At least 11 people are dead and six others are injured after the anti-Semitic abuse spewing gunman armed with an AR-15 opened fire on a packed Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, shouting: ‘All Jews must die’ as he sprayed worshipers with bullets.
The shooting occurred at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh shortly before 10am.
White Supremacist Robert Bowers, [photo], opened fire Saturday morning in a Pittsburgh synagogue, with 11 congregants reportedly killed. Bowers a known anti-Semitic surrendered to SWAT but not before exchanging fire, injuring four officers
The gunman, identified as Pittsburgh resident Robert Bowers, 46, around 9.30am, he burst through the synagogue’s doors and opened fire on the congregation on the main floor where around 40 to 50 people had gathered for a Sabbath service, shouting ‘all Jews must die!’ while spraying them with gunfire.
After killing three people on the main floor, he went to downstairs, where a second congregation was gathering in the basement, and opened fire there.
He murdered four people there then fled upstairs where, on the third floor, he exchanged fire with SWAT teams and injured four police officers. A third, smaller group was gathered in the rabbi’s office to the side of the main congregation.
After being injured himself in the crossfire, Bowers surrendered to police.
Three cops were shot exchanging gunfire with the shooter.
There are three different congregations in the building and all were likely full, according to the synagogue’s former president.
The area is still on lock down, with any residents living nearby told to lock their doors and not go outside.