Pittsburgh synagogue gunman suspect: Who is Robert Bowers?


More than 16,000 people reportedly have signed on to an open letter to President Donald Trump from the Pittsburgh chapter of the progressive Jewish group Bend the Arc that declares the president is unwelcome in the city until he completely denounces white nationalism in the wake of a mass shooting at a local synagogue on Saturday that killed 11 congregants.

He faces 29 criminal counts, including use of a firearm to commit murder.

More than 100 Stanford students, staff and alumni gathered at White Plaza on Sunday to mourn the 11 victims of a Saturday morning shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

"I just want to kill Jews", Bowers told an officer, according to one of the documents.

His last post before entering the synagogue read, "I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered".

Scott Brady, the chief federal prosecutor in western Pennsylvania, pledged that "justice in this case will be swift and it will be severe".

Holding candles, a group of girls waits for the start of a memorial vigil at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave.in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on October 27, 2018. He also wounded six others including four police officers before being arrested. He eventually surrendered and was taken to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for a gunshot wound, which could either have been self-inflicted or caused by police. In September, an account under his name on the social media site Gab posted a photo that the user said was taken in the mid-2000s of his truck at a St. Louis truck stop. Survivors described dodging through the Tree of Life synagogue's warren of nooks and crannies to find bolt holes.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling tweeted about the initiative saying, "This is a attractive thing. But they didn't and he was able to do things that unfortunately he shouldn't have been able to do".

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He was taken into custody soon afterwards, Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers said at a news briefing outside the store. Cops arrived, and determined that a male suspect entered the store, and opened fire at a male victim, the chief said.

Allegheny County chief medical examiner Dr Karl Williams said two brothers, and a husband and wife are among the dead.

Members of Jewish community and their allies were invited to pay their respects to the victims.

Gideon Murphy places a flower at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

"The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter".

Sanders also pushed back on the notion that the president has not done enough to curb anti-Semitism in the US and that he was partially to blame for the violence that unfolded at the peaceful synagogue on Saturday.

Asked during an interview with the Associated Press about Trump potentially visiting the community after an anti-Semitic gunman fatally shot 11 people, Barry Werber answered: "We hope he doesn't".

Trump on Saturday said the outcome might have been different if the synagogue "had some kind of protection" from an armed guard, while Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, up for re-election, noted that once again "dangerous weapons are putting our citizens in harm's way". She called anti-Semitism a "plague to humanity".

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