Pitts­burgh sus­pect ‘wanted Jews to die’


Grimsby Telegraph - - World -

THE sus­pect in the mass shoot­ing at a Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue told of­fi­cers that Jews were com­mit­ting geno­cide and that he wanted them all to die, ac­cord­ing to a charg­ing doc­u­ment.

Robert Gre­gory Bow­ers killed eight men and three women in­side the Tree of Life Syn­a­gogue on Satur­day dur­ing wor­ship ser­vices be­fore a tac­ti­cal po­lice team tracked him down and shot him, po­lice said in the doc­u­ment, which con­tained some pre­vi­ously un­re­ported de­tails on the shoot­ing and the po­lice re­sponse.

Calls be­gan com­ing in to 911 from the syn­a­gogue just be­fore 10am on Satur­day, re­port­ing “they were be­ing at­tacked”, the doc­u­ment said. Bow­ers shot one of the first two of­fi­cers to re­spond in the hand, and the other was wounded by “shrap­nel and bro­ken glass”.

A tac­ti­cal team found Bow­ers on the third floor, where he shot two of­fi­cers mul­ti­ple times, the af­fi­davit said. One of­fi­cer was de­scribed as crit­i­cally wounded; the doc­u­ment did not de­scribe the other of­fi­cer’s con­di­tion.

Two other peo­ple in the syn­a­gogue, a man and a woman, were wounded by Bow­ers and were in sta­ble con­di­tion, the doc­u­ment said. Bow­ers told an of­fi­cer while he was be­ing treated for his in­juries “that he wanted all Jews to die and also that they [Jews] were com­mit­ting geno­cide to his peo­ple”, the af­fi­davit said.

Bow­ers was charged late on Satur­day with 11 counts of crim­i­nal homi­cide, six counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault and 13 counts of eth­nic in­tim­i­da­tion in what the leader of the Anti-Defama­tion League called the dead­li­est at­tack on Jews in US his­tory. The na­tion’s lat­est mass shoot­ing drew con­dem­na­tion and ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy from politi­cians and re­li­gious lead­ers. With the mid-term elec­tion just over a week away, it also reignited a long­stand­ing and bit­ter de­bate over guns.

Peo­ple light can­dles at a vigil af­ter the deadly shoot­ing

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