Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: 11 dead, six other injured including four police officers. Suspect also shot, but in fair condition. Will face federal hate crime charges.

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: 11 dead, six other injured including four police officers. Suspect also shot, but in fair condition. Will face federal hate crime charges.

First responders surround the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh where a shooter opened fire, Oct. 27, 2018.

 

Update from abcnews.com: Eleven people were killed and at least six more were injured — including four police officers — when a gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, authorities said.

“It’s a very horrific crime scene,” Alleghany Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich told reporters during the press conference Saturday afternoon. “It’s one of the worst that I’ve seen.”

Police responded earlier Saturday to reports of active gunfire at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha congregation, where a service as taking place, Hissrich said. The suspect is in custody and has been taken to the hospital, Hissrich said, and it appears there is no longer an active threat to the community.

The shooter has been identified as Robert Bowers, who is 46 years old and lives in Pittsburgh. Bowers use at least one assault rifle in the shooting and had three handguns on him.

Bowers was shot multiple times but is in fair condition at a hospital. Read more

Attorney General Jeff Sessions calls deadly synagogue shooting “utterly repugnant.” “Accordingly, the Department of Justice will file hate crimes and other criminal charges against the defendant, including charges that could lead to the death penalty.”

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