Synagogue massacre suspect Robert Bowers in first court appearance


Bowers is charged with 29 criminal counts, including 11 counts of using a firearm to kill and 11 federal hate-crime charges.

Trump faces an uneasy welcome on Tuesday in the anguished community of Squirrel Hill, home to the Tree of Life synagogue where 11 people were gunned down during Sabbath services.

On Monday, US Attorney Scott Brady announced that the first hearing for Robert Bowers, a gunman who opened fire inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh last week, killing 11 people and injuring six others, including police officers, according to US authorities, has been set for November 1.

He said another nurse, whose father is a rabbi, also "came in from a mass casualty drill and took care of this gentleman".

ACHIEVA, which operates a community home for disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh area, told reporters that they received no less than three phone communications from an unidentified person who was angry and swearing at those people who answered the phone.

First lady Melania Trump, along with first daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, will reportedly make the trip to lend their support.

Peduto's spokesman said the mayor's "sole focus" is on the funerals for victims and supporting their families.

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In addition to the main congregation, a Reconstructionist congregation, Dor Hadash, also holds religious services there. The New York Police Department said it had deployed officers to synagogues throughout the city as a precaution.

"We must stand together and stand up against the hatred and the vicious violence of our time as a witness that it will not win", said retired United Methodist minister Kenneth Chalker.

"Despite the fact that the country is doing extremely well, despite the fact that the president is delivering on exactly what he said he was going do if elected". Critics charge that Trump's rhetoric inspired the anti-Semite to buy the AR-15 and kill as many Jews as he could.

"I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered", he posted.

He appears to have been active on social media website Gab, which is popular with people who have been banned or censored from other social media sites.

The Trump administration has rejected the notion that he has encouraged far-right extremists who have embraced him.

"It means I love the country, it means I'm fighting for the country", he said. It is apparent at least eight souls lost their lives in a shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue.

Bowers appeared briefly in federal court in a wheelchair and handcuffs Monday to face charges he killed 11 people in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.