Synagogue shooting in US leaves 11 dead
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.