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FOCUS: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Leaves 'Several' Dead, Official Says
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49409"><span class="small">Christopher Mele, The New York Times</span></a>   
Saturday, 27 October 2018 10:56

Mele writes: "An official in Pittsburgh reported that several people were dead and three police officers shot after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue on Saturday morning."

Police officers near the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh on Saturday. (photo: Jared Wickerham/NYT)
Police officers near the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh on Saturday. (photo: Jared Wickerham/NYT)

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Leaves 'Several' Dead, Official Says

By Christopher Mele, The New York Times

27 October 18


n official in Pittsburgh reported that several people were dead and three police officers shot after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue on Saturday morning.

Erika Strassburger, the city councilwoman for the district that includes the synagogue, the Tree of Life Congregation, said “several” people were dead but had no confirmation on the number.

She said the gunman had surrendered to the police after being barricaded in the building and had been taken to the hospital.

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+9 # Porfiry 2018-10-27 13:39
I thought I heard someone say "They are good people" about those who chanted "Jews won't replace me" in Charlottesville VA. How that person encouraged such events!
+4 # Citizen Mike 2018-10-27 13:53
I am really alarmed by the rise in anti-Semitism and the appearance of the swastika flag here in the USA. Where are those JDL guys, all talk and no action. Interesting that nobody as yet has mailed a bomb to fascist leaders like Spencer or McInnes or taken a shot at them. Nobody has driven a car into the gangs assembled at fascist gatherings. Looks like violence belongs to the right while the left remains passive. These Antifa boys are a bunch of pussycats and the never-againster s have not begun to visit the gunshops. I am waiting for force to erupt against these Nazi bastards who want to start pogroms against Jews, Blacks and Hispanics, who are all long overdue to come together against their common enemies and form defensive militias.
+3 # Jim Rocket 2018-10-28 08:20
I think Stephen Miller and that crowd would love for people on the left to become more violent. That would allow them to make use of all that surplus military hardware that cities were encouraged to accumulate. The best strategy for activists is to avoid all violence except in situations where self-defence is necessary. It would be a big mistake to allow the rightists the moral high ground - to make their backlash seem legitimate.
+8 # jwb110 2018-10-27 14:22
And Trump and Pence stand around like their base has nothing to do with this. There are the equivalent of Brown Shirts on the streets of the US and all emboldened by the Trump regime. It was always my worry that Trump was not as dangerous as the thugs he left on the streets after he won. Well, I was right about the thugs and Trump ended up just as dangerous. I suppose he may speak out if his son-in-law goes the way of the folks at Tree of Life. No on and I mean no one is safe in this country anymore. Pence believes there is a hell and he had better be ready to meet his maker on this once he manages to push to the End Times on his watch. I wonder how that will play out. Until either one of these men name names and stop pandering to their base to win an election this violence will go on. And it mimics Trumps inability to take press or statements that he doesn't agree with or don't agree with how he is mismanaging this Nation. With a country as divided as we are now we are more rips for a takeover from without the Nation. Because the Nation is already falling from within. Lincoln said that is just so many words. Why won't the Republicans listen to
the men of history who identified as Republican. Shame on them.
0 # ddd-rrr 2018-10-29 11:12
'Bublicans (who appear to be the majority now in the Republican party), appear
to be unable (or unwilling) to think logically, ethically, or historically in any
useful way -- and they appear to value only two things:
POWER and MONEY -- but not any of
the things that make living
truly enjoyable and

"Sad", "'orrible", but "tremendous"!
+9 # ddd-rrr 2018-10-27 15:22
And, here we go, down through the garbage toward
full-Nazi stance -- brought to us by "the stupids" who
stupidly voted for their conman-clown "dear-leader"
Trump and his enablers. To try to stop this, PLEASE
VOTE Tuesday, November 6th, and PLEASE do it
THOUGHTFULLY this time!!! Our survival as a
country depends on our doing this!
+5 # C. H. Winslow 2018-10-27 16:07
How can this insanity keep going on? Please, everyone, tone down the rhetoric. I pray to the Almighty that all of us be with the Jewish members of the Tree of Life synagogue in mind and spirit. Our hearts and prayers go out to them.
0 # LionMousePudding 2018-10-27 22:00
PITTSBURGH — Armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and at least three handguns, a man shouting anti-Semitic slurs opened fire inside a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, killing at least 11 congregants and wounding four police officers and two others, the authorities said.

In a rampage described as among the deadliest against the Jewish community in the United States, the assailant stormed into the Tree of Life Congregation, where worshipers had gathered in separate rooms to celebrate their faith, and shot indiscriminatel y into the crowd, shattering what had otherwise been a peaceful morning.

The assailant, identified by law enforcement officials as Robert D. Bowers, fired for several minutes and was leaving the synagogue when officers, dressed in tactical gear and armed with rifles, met him at the door. According to the police, Mr. Bowers exchanged gunfire with officers before retreating back inside and barricading himself inside a third-floor room. He eventually surrendered.

Mr. Bowers, 46, was injured by gunfire, although the authorities said it was unclear whether those wounds were self-inflicted or whether the police had shot him. He was in stable condition Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Federal officials charged Mr. Bowers with 29 criminal counts. They include obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs — a hate crime — and using a firearm to commit murder. The authorities said that he had no previous criminal history.
+2 # David Starr 2018-10-29 08:55
Another right-wing nutcase emboldened by Trump. Could this go any further? With the right in power, yes it could. Fascism is alive and well in the USA.