PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – The names of those shot by a sniper shouting "All Jews must die" are released Sunday after the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States, officials said.
The Synagogue of the Tree of Life is pictured on Saturday, October 28, 2018 after the shootings in the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. REUTERS / Cathal McNaughton
The gunman stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday, killing 1
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto told the CBS television station KDKA that if the list of the dead is released by federal officials at a press conference on Sunday at 9 am, they "ripped her heart out" and said that he personally did some of the Victim.
The Tree of Life synagogue in the town of Squirrel Hill neighborhood, a heavily Jewish area, held a Shabbat service at the time of the shooting.
The mass shooting led to security warnings in churches around the country and to condemnation by politicians and religious leaders.
This is followed by a barrage of pipe bombs sent to prominent politicians, especially Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, in the run-up to the November 6 congressional elections.
"May the Lord help us to eliminate the hotbeds of hatred that flare up in our societies, a sense of humanity, respect for life, moral and civic values and the holy fear of God, love and the Father of ", said Pope Francis Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after Mass.
The US Attorney's Office said it would release the indictment and an official affidavit that could provide insight into why Robert Bowers, 46, of Pittsburgh reportedly shot the worshipers.
"I GO IN"
Bowers had posted many anti-Semitic articles online, including one on early Saturday night. In another case, he accused US President Donald Trump of not having done anything to prevent Jews from "infesting" the United States.
A social media post by Bowers on Saturday morning said a Jewish refugee organization, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, "likes to bring in intruders who kill our people, I can not sit by and watch my people being slaughtered Your look, I'm going in ".
U.S. Defense Minister Jim Mattis told reporters traveling to Prague with him that on Sunday, the shooter who stormed the synagogue was a coward and the "poorest apology for a man you could ever come to".
On Sunday, the Israeli Cabinet rested for a moment to honor the victims.
"It is hard to exaggerate the horror of murdering Jews who gathered on the Sabbath and were murdered only because they were Jewish," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added, calling for the world to fight against the Semitism.
Bowers was arrested after a shootout with a SWAT team. The federal prosecutor filed charges of 29 crimes, including violent and firearm offenses, and violations of US civil rights laws.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said prosecutors could apply for the death penalty.
The Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs described it as the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States, something that was repeated by Netanyahu, who called it "the greatest anti-Semitic crime" Annals of the United States.
FBI Special Agent Bob Jones told the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who heads the probe, said the crime scene was the worst he'd seen in 22 years with the FBI. He said he believed Bowers was acting alone, adding, "We do not know that he was known to law enforcement agencies until today."
KDKA television cited police sources as Bowers went into the building and shouted, "All Jews must die".
Jones said Bowers was armed with an assault rifle and three handguns.
He said the authorities believed that the suspect had gone to the synagogue, murdered the worshipers and left when he met a uniformed policeman. The pair exchanged rifle fire, Jones said, and Bowers reentered the building before a SWAT team arrived. After a shootout he surrendered.
Bowers was taken to a hospital where he was listed in fair condition with multiple gunshot wounds.
Trump said in a tweet that he observed what he called a "devastating" situation. He told reporters that killings could have been prevented if there had been an armed guard.
"If they had any kind of protection in the temple, it might have been a much different situation, they do not have it," he said. The police are usually only present in the synagogue for safety on public holidays.
He urged Americans to rise above hatred and ordered the US flags to fly half-crew in the White House and public buildings. He said he would visit Pittsburgh, but not when.
Mourners held a candlelight vigil for the victims. The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh expressed its condolences and called on his community to donate blood.
The shooting followed attacks on other places of worship in recent years. On April 13, 2014, two shootings occurred in a Jewish community center and a Jewish retired community, both in Overland Park, Kansas. The shootings killed a total of three people.
In 2015, a white racist murdered nine African Americans during a prayer service in Charleston, South Carolina.
In 2012, a neo-Nazi assassin with white racists went to a Sikh Gurdwara – or God's house – in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and murdered six Sikh Americans.
Additional coverage by Alex Dobuzinskis and Steve Gorman of Los Angeles, Jarrett Renshaw and Gabriella Borter of New York, Mark Hosenball, David Brunnstrom, Timothy Gardner and Yeganeh Torbati of Washington, Sybille de La Hamaide of Paris and Rich McKay of Atlanta; Editing by Alison Williams