Police say a heavily armed gunman yelled “All Jews must die” before opening fire inside a Pittsburgh Synagogue.
Police sources told local CBS News affiliate KDKA that the gunman, identified as Robert Bowers, shouted the anti-semitic slur before he opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Bowers is described as a white male, heavy set, with a beard.
At least ten people were confirmed killed in the shooting, with as many as 12 injured, according to NBC News.
The shooter, who was armed with an AR-15 and several handguns, was reportedly injured and taken into custody by authorities.
Bowers surrendered to police after opening fire on police officers. Police say he was injured and crawling when he was taken into custody.
Gab has taken down the shooter's profile, it seems. Here's his last post. HIAS, I'm pretty sure, refers to Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
"Screw your optics. I'm going in." pic.twitter.com/awsKvbWvjr
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) October 27, 2018
“In the main part of the building, The Tree of Life has a service that has about 40 people in it. Just below that there is a basement area where new life congregation would have been having their Shabbat service. There would have been 30-40 people,” said Michael Eisenberg, Tree of Life’s former president.
“Just adjacent to Tree of Life’s service area a congregation was in the rabbi study room and they would have had approximately 15 people in there,” he added.
“These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans. My thoughts right now are focused on the victims, their families and making sure law enforcement has every resource they need,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) wrote in a statement shortly after the attack.
“We must all pray and hope for no more loss of life, But we have been saying ‘this one is too many’ for far too long,” he added. “Dangerous weapons are putting our citizens in harm’s way. And in the aftermath of this tragedy, we must come together and take action to prevent these tragedies in the future.”
Another terrible tragedy. Our hearts go out to the victims, and their families, and all of the members of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 27, 2018
My heart breaks over the news out of #Pittsburgh. The violence needs to stop. May God bless, guide & unite the United States of America.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 27, 2018
It’s not too soon to say I’m horrified those worshipping at a synagogue were targeted and murdered. It’s not too soon to say we’re grateful for the first responders who risked their lives. And it’s not too soon to say that it’s in our power to take action against gun violence.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 27, 2018