Synagogue shoot­ing in US leaves 11 dead

The UB Post - - Domestic -

A gun­man at­tack at a synagogue in Pitts­burgh, U.S, has left 11 dead. The suspect, Robert Bow­ers, opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue dur­ing its Sab­bath ser­vice. The at­tack is be­lieved to be hate-mo­ti­vated and has been said to be the worst anti-Semitic at­tack in re­cent US his­tory, re­ported BBC news.

The suspect faces 29 crim­i­nal counts, in­clud­ing use of a firearm to com­mit mur­der. U.S Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors say they will also file hate crime charges, and the suspect could face the death penalty. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­scribed the at­tack as a "wicked act of mass mur­der". Six peo­ple, in­clud­ing four po­lice of­fi­cers, were in­jured in Satur­day's at­tack. The suspect was also wounded in a shootout with po­lice.

The 29 charges were an­nounced in a state­ment is­sued by the US At­tor­ney's Of­fice of the Western District of Penn­syl­va­nia:

» Eleven counts of ob­struc­tion of ex­er­cise of re­li­gious be­liefs re­sult­ing in death

» Eleven counts of use of a firearm to com­mit mur­der dur­ing and in re­la­tion to a crime of vi­o­lence

» Four counts of ob­struc­tion of ex­er­cise of re­li­gious be­liefs re­sult­ing in bod­ily in­jury to a pub­lic safety of­fi­cer

» Three counts of use and dis­charge of a firearm dur­ing and in re­la­tion to a crime of vi­o­lence

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports the suspect, a white male, en­tered the build­ing dur­ing the morn­ing ser­vice armed with an as­sault ri­fle and three hand­guns.

The gun­man had al­ready shot dead 11 peo­ple and was leav­ing the synagogue after about 20 min­utes when he en­coun­tered Swat of­fi­cers and ex­changed fire with them, FBI agent Robert Jones said.

The attacker then moved back into the build­ing to try to hide from the po­lice. He sur­ren­dered after a shootout, and is now be­ing treated in hos­pi­tal for what has been de­scribed as mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds.

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