Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

At least 10 dead in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

UPDATE Police Official Says Multiple Casualties Reported after Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue Active shooter at Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh
Jay Anderson | 28 October, 2018, 08:43

The attack is being considered as a hate crime and will be a federal investigation. "This neighborhood is also one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in the USA and as a Christian community we are standing in solidarity with our Jewish friends and family who, too often, are the victims of violence and hate speech".

Death penalty for the shooter: The US Justice Department said the gunman will face federal charges that carry the death penalty.

"This evil anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us", Trump told supporters at an election rally in IL where he drew loud cheers as he vowed to fully enforce the death penalty for such crimes.

"It will take all of us working together to extract the poison of Anti-Semitism from our world".

Mr Trump said he would soon travel to the stricken Pennsylvania city where hundreds of residents gathered late Saturday for a candlelit vigil. All flags at the White House, public grounds, military posts, naval stations and ships will be flown at half-staff through October 31 as a mark of "solemn respect" for the victims, the President ordered.

Zachary Weiss, 26, said his father, 60-year-old Stephen Weiss, was inside the synagogue but was unharmed.

"Personally in Winnipeg, I feel very safe as a Jew, and I really feel that the community is there for us". "I recognised it as gunshots".

'Without their courage this tragedy would have been far worse, ' said Allegheny County Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich, with visible emotion, at a televised press conference. He added: "It's one of the worst I've ever seen".

According to an audit done by the Anti-Defamation League, which works to combat anti-Semitism, the total number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States rose 57 percent past year.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets across the USA to take part in a spontaneous vigil in commemoration of the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting that took place earlier Saturday.




Bowers's social media postings showed him a virulent anti-Semite, who railed against Jewish people, using the vilest ethnic slurs, as he had yelled out during the attack.

The bio on his account - which has now been suspended - said: "Jews are the children of Satan".

Trump said the "evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity".

Mr Trump - who has been accused of fueling hate with divisive rhetoric - briefly considered scrapping his IL campaign rally on Saturday, but finally chose to maintain it.

"You know, you're always anxious that something would happen", said Myron Snider, head of the cemetery committee for New Light Congregation, which meets at Tree of Life.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was "heartbroken and appalled" by the attack. "Like most religious institutions, we have an open door".

Police responded to a call that reported an active shooter in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighbourhood just before 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jones said, and confronted the suspect at the entrance to the synagogue after he allegedly shot 11 adults, who are now confirmed dead.

While Trump has claimed he is the "least anti-Semitic" person around, he has been accused of not forcefully speaking against the rising wave of anti-Semitism.

Calls for more stringent regulations - including tougher background checks for people buying guns and bans on assault-style weapons - are likely to grow louder, particularly from Democrat politicians and candidates running for office on November 6.

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