Sus­pect ar­rested in Satur­day’s mass shoot­ing.

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY DEANNA PAUL, AVI SELK, AMY BWANG AND MARK BERMAN

A gun­man armed with an as­sault ri­fle killed 11 peo­ple at a Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue dur­ing Satur­day morn­ing ser­vices in what the Anti-Defama­tion League called “likely the dead­li­est at­tack on the Jewish com­mu­nity in the his­tory of the United States.”

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said Robert Bow­ers – a 46-year-old man with a his­tory of mak­ing viru- lently anti-Semitic state­ments on­line — was taken into cus­tody af­ter a gun­bat­tle with po­lice.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors later charged him with 29 counts in the deaths of 11 peo­ple, in­clud­ing us­ing a firearm to com­mit mur­der, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported. Scott Brady, the U.S. At­tor­ney for the Western District of Penn­syl­va­nia, said a news con­fer­ence was sched­uled Sun­day to dis­cuss the charges.

Au­thor­i­ties de­scribed a ram­page at the Tree of Life syn­a­gogue, the city’s old­est Jewish con­gre­ga­tion, that was stun­ning in its sav­agery.

“This is the most hor­rific crime scene I’ve seen in 22 years with the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Robert Al­lan Jones, spe­cial agent in charge of the FBI’s Pitts­burgh field of­fice. “Mem­bers of the Tree of Life syn­a­gogue con­duct­ing a peace­ful ser­vice in their place of wor­ship were bru­tally mur­dered by a gun­man tar­get­ing them sim­ply be­cause of their faith.”

All 11 peo­ple killed were adults, Pitts­burgh Pub­lic Safety Di­rec­tor Wen­dell His­s­rich said. Six peo­ple were also wounded, four of them po­lice of­fi­cers re­spond­ing to the gun­fire, he said.

Jones said that Bow­ers en­tered the syn­a­gogue, gunned down 11 peo­ple and was leav­ing when he en­coun­tered re­spond­ing of­fi­cers.

Robert Bow­ers

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