Four people were killed and six others injured, including four police officers, Saturday morning in Pittsburg during a service at a synagogue, a holy place of worship for Jews, after a gunman opened fire. The suspect has been identified as 46-year-old Robert D. Bowers.
The injured were taken to three nearby hospitals and briefing to the press the Pittsburg’s public safety director Wendell D. Hissrich said it is a very horrific crime scene and one of the worst that he has ever seen.
President Donald Trump tweeted the crime is more devastating than thought earlier. Addressing to the reporters later he added that the hate going around in United States is terrible and something need to be done.
The shooting took place at Tree of Life in Squirrel Hill, which is a middle-class and quiet neighborhood in Pittsburgh’s Jewish community. About one-fourth of Jewish households of Pittsburgh are in Squirrel Hill. A study by Brandeis University in 2017 reveals the Squirrel Hill neighborhood has been historically the center of Jewish life in Greater Pittsburgh.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said such actions are not who we are and pray no more loss of life takes place.
President and chief executive of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Jeff Finkelstein, said his heart goes with the family members of victims and such thing should not be happening in a synagogue or in Squirrel Hill.
Even though found no nexus between the shootings of Pittsburg and other cities including Los Angeles and New York, authorities were seen taking precautionary measures.
New York Police said the department is deploying heavy weapons teams including Strategic Response Team and Critical Response Command to houses of worship.
Chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, tweeted he was devastated by the incident.
He said, “Jews targeted on Shabbat morning at synagogue… is unconscionable. Our hearts break for the victims, their families, and the entire Jewish community.”
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