Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre: 11 murdered as antisemitic Jew-hater terrorist opens fire on Jewish worshipers
At least eleven people were murdered and multiple others are injured after an antisemitic Jew-hater terrorist armed with an AR-15 opened fire on a packed Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, shouting ‘all Jews must die’ as he sprayed Jewish worshippers with bullets during a Brit Milah ceremony and Shabbat services.
The shooting occurred at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh shortly before 10am.
None of the victims have been named. Police revealed on Saturday afternoon that all of those killed were adults and that no children were harmed.
Six people were injured, including a 70-year-old man who is undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds and a 61-year-old woman who is expected to survive.
Three of four injured cops are likely to survive but a fourth, a 55-year-old law enforcement officer, is in a critical condition.
The terrorist has been identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers. He tweeted on Saturday morning that he was enraged by the influx of migrants in the US. “I’m going in”, he tweeted not long before the first reports of a shooting attack emerged.
Shortly before 10am, Bowers 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 bullets over them.
After killing three people on the main floor, he went to downstairs, where the New Light 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 three police officers. Dor Hadash, a third, smaller group, was gathered in the rabbi’s study to the side of the Tree of Life’ s congregation.
After being injured himself in the crossfire, the antisemitic terrorist surrendered to police. He is now in custody.
After reporting on Twitter that the events were ‘far more devastating than thought’, President Trump said that it could have been prevented if the synagogue had its own security.
“I was heartbroken and appalled by the murderous attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue today.
The entire people of Israel grieve with the families of the dead. We stand together with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. We stand together with the American people in the face of this horrendous antisemitic brutality.
And we all pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded”. PM Netanyahu said.