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Shooting at synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood leaves eight dead

28 October 2018

Robert Bowers, a white male in his mid-40s, has been identified as the suspect in a shooting that took place at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, which killed at least 11 people.

According to officials, the suspect was armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle.

Pittsburgh police say a shooter is in custody after an attack at the Tree of Life synagogue that left multiple casualties, including several injured officers.

Law enforcement officials gave additional insight into Saturday's shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in an afternoon press conference.

It said it backed up Mr Bowers' user data and suspended his account, then told the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) what it had done.

Bowers appears to be the author of a recent rash of violently anti-Semitic posts on social media, notably on the Gab.com social networking website, where conspiracy theories - like a discredited report linking Hillary Clinton to pedophiles - are common.

He wrote: "Screw your optics, I'm going in".

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Pittsburgh's Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich later confirmed the gunman was in police custody and was being treated in hospital.

"When you have crimes like this, whether it's one, or another one on another group, we have to bring back the death penalty", Trump said, speaking at a rally in Murphysboro, Illinois.

Around Maryland, other groups denounced the attack in Pittsburgh. And someone yelled, 'Get out of here.' I realized it was a police officer along the side of the house.

Leader of the provincial opposition, Andrea Horwath, called the shooting a "horrific act of terror" on Twitter.

The Tree of Life Synagogue, whose congregation was founded more than 150 years ago, is located in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood that is historically the heart of Jewish life in greater Pittsburgh. "It is an assault on humanity", the president said, reiterating remarks he'd made about the episode earlier in the day.

"Gab unequivocally disavows and condemns all acts of terrorism and violence", it said.

First responders run with a person on a stretcher at the scene where multiple people were shot, October 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - At least 8 are dead after a shooter fire inside the Tree of Life synagogue. Police said they received calls from people who were barricaded inside the building, KDKA reports.

When asked by a reporter about gun control, Trump suggested that an armed guard inside the synagogue would have been able to stop the suspect.

Some of the country's premiers also weighed in, with Ontario's Doug Ford saying that we must work together to "defeat anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its forms".

About 2,000 people came to the vigils, which were held at the Sixth Presbyterian Church and also at Murray and Forbes avenues about a half mile from the synagogue, an event organized by area high school students.

"The entire people of Israel grieve with the families of the dead", Netanyahu said.

Trump said he'd weighed the idea of canceling the rally and an earlier event in IN in light of the "horrible" shooting.

Hissrich said there are multiple fatalities with six injuries, including four officers.

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Shooting at synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood leaves eight dead