- Suspect Robert Bowers, 46, allegedly opened fire on the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue at around 10am on Saturday
- Suspect killed congregants in the main level who had gathered to observe the Sabbath then went downstairs
- In the basement, a second congregation had gathered. He shot them then fled to the third floor
- There, Bowers exchanged gunfire with police and injured two police officers and two SWAT team members
- He was eventually injured and surrendered to police by crawling to them before being taken to the hospital
- Bowers posted on the social network Gab an hour before the attack that he was ‘going in’
- He regularly spewed his hatred of Jews and of President Trump on the website
- Trump first called the shooting a ‘shame’ and said the synagogue should have had its own security
- He then called it a ‘twisted act of malice’ in a later speech and called for the shooter to be executed quickly
The suspected gunman who opened fire on a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday morning, killing at least 11 people and injuring several others, has been named as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, a Trump-hating antisemite who regularly complained on social media about the president and ‘the infestation of Jews.’
Bowers allegedly opened fire at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh shortly before 10am. The synagogue was busier than usual with Sabbath services and because of a baby naming ceremony that had also been scheduled.
After opening fire on the congregation with three handguns and an AR-15, he was confronted by two Pittsburgh police officers who had been called to the scene as he tried to leave the building. Police say Bowers returned fire, injuring both of the cops, then retreated inside and ran to the third floor to hide.
He then engaged in a gun battle with a SWAT team and injured two of them before being shot multiple times himself and surrendering.
He is still alive, in a stable condition, and is in the hospital under the watch of police.
None of the victims have been named. Police revealed on Saturday afternoon that all of those killed were adults and that no children were harmed.
The six people injured include a 70-year-old man who is undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds and a 61-year-old woman who is expected to survive.
Three of the four cops are likely to survive but a fourth, a 55-year-old law enforcement officer, is in a critical condition.
The entire incident, from when he entered the synagogue to when he was removed, lasted 20 minutes.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Saturday that the federal government plans to file hate crimes and other charges against the alleged gunman – which carry the maximum penalty of death.