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653 views • October 27, 2018

Robert Bowers, 46, Identified as Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter

Celeste Li
The suspect of Pittsburgh shooting identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers of Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania. Bowers has been arrested and hospitalized. The shooting happened on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood during a Sabbath religious service. At least eight were killed, 12 others were injured. Four officers were shot during the incident with non-fatal injuries. It’s still unclear the motive of the shooting. 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. A local hospital said it was treating multiple victims. Paul Wood, the chief communications officer for the hospital system, said the patients are receiving care at UPMC Presbyterian, but he would not say how many. The synagogue was holding a Shabbat religious service that started at 9:45 a.m. ET, according to the organization's website. Sam Schachner, president of Tree of Life, said in a phone call he had no comment at this time. The captured suspect walked in and yelled "All Jews must die" before opening fire, the police source told KDKA. “Shooter claimed innocent lives, and injured first responders, at a baby naming,” said Pennsylvania's Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Israel is expressing its shock and concern and offering assistance to the local community following the shooting. 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."
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