Shooting in Pittsburgh Synagogue Leaves 11 Dead and City Mourning

Talon Smith, Reporter

A gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh Synagogue on Saturday October 27th, killing 11 people and injuring six others.

The Anti-Defamation League called the shooting the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US history, according to CNN.

The gunman was a 46-year-old freelance truck driver, Robert Bowers, according to CBS News.

Bowers entered the Tree of Life Congregation on Saturday morning and opened fire on those inside.

According to the New York Times, it is believed that Bowers said to an officer, “They’re committing genocide to my people. I just want to kill Jews.”

Bowers was armed with an AR-15 and three handguns during the attack, which began around 9:54 A.M. Emergency dispatchers received calls at that time, according to the New York Times. At 11:08 A.M., Bowers finally surrendered to law enforcement.

According to USA Today, Bowers has been indicted on 44 criminal accounts.

These accounts, including hate crimes, mean Bowers could face the death penalty in court.

Bowers pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial in an arraignment hearing on November 1, according to The Incline, a Pittsburgh-based news source.

CBS News said, “… federal prosecutors are seeking approval to pursue the death penalty against Bowers…”

According to Pittsburgh’s local CBS affiliate, the citizens of Pittsburgh are mourning the lives lost in the attack.

The article says, “Thousands flocked to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland on Sunday afternoon for a vigil honoring the lives lost in Saturday’s shooting at Squirrel Hill’s Tree of Life Synagogue.”

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto spoke at the vigil, “We come together tonight to mourn, and it’s the right thing to do. We lost eleven of our neighbors, and we’re here to mourn the way that they were taken from us. We’re here to mourn the fact that we live in a society where something like this could even exist. We’re here to mourn the attack upon our Jewish community. We care and take care of those in need and we show it as a community of one.”