People Gather On Boston Common To Mourn Tree Of Life Synagogue Victims

People Gather On Boston Common To Mourn Tree Of Life Synagogue Victims

People Gather On Boston Common To Mourn Tree Of Life Synagogue Victims

People light candles Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, before a vigil in Chicago's Federal Plaza in memory of victims in the Tree of Life synagogue mass shooting in Pittsburgh and other victims of violence.

Robert Bowers walked through the Tree of Life synagogue, shooting at people in three locations.

US President Donald Trump hit out Saturday at what he called "hate" in America after the attack.

Bowers has been charged with 29 federal crimes and has made statements in custody "evincing an animus towards people of the Jewish faith", according to a criminal complaint filed Saturday night.

Bowers was a long-haul trucker who worked for himself, Brady said.

Two other people in the synagogue, a man and a woman, were wounded by Bowers and were in stable condition, the document said.

All three congregations were conducting Sabbath services when the attack began just before 10 a.m. Saturday in the tree-lined residential neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and the hub of the city's Jewish community.

The first funeral - for Cecil Rosenthal and his younger brother, David - was set for Tuesday.

It followed a spate of pipe bombs found mailed in recent days to prominent political figures, mostly Democrats including former U.S. President Barack Obama, ahead of November 6 congressional elections.

"We'll get through this darkest day of Pittsburgh history by working together", the city's mayor, Bill Peduto, told reporters on Sunday.

David Rosenthal, 54, of Squirrel Hill, Pa.

Until he does so, Trump - who has announced his intent to visit Pittsburgh - is not welcome in the city, the letter said. When he realized it was gunfire, he ordered everyone in the sanctuary to drop to the floor and remain silent, hoping that the wooden pews would protect them from the bullets.

"We shouldn't be trying to find ways to minimise the dangers that occur from irrational behaviour".

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"I'm in shock. I can't believe that happened", said Terry Choate, a retired government contractor who told the Post-Gazette he knew Bowers for almost the suspect's entire life.

Police said the suspect had three handguns and an assault-style rifle at the shooting. Jones added that he did not know why Bowers picked the particular synagogue for his attack.

Then "police officers and SWAT teams responded quickly to the scene, and Bowers shot at them", Mr. Brady said.

He eventually surrendered and was taken to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for a gunshot wound, which could either have been self-inflicted or caused by police.

He earlier said one answer to apparent hate crimes was to provide guards at places of worship, not to tighten gun laws.

Several of the charges can be punishable by the death penalty.

Two hours before he opened fire during a Shabbat religious service, Bowers posted on Gab about the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a non-profit that helps Jewish refugees relocate to the United States.

"I don't really foist blame upon any person", Myers said.

As security was heighten at various synagogues across the country, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis say they are horrified knowing that someone went in to a synagogue opened fired killing and injuring people. "Screw your optics, I'm going in".

"You wouldn't expect it", said 30-year-old Nathan Rittri, who lives just a few houses from the Tree of Life Congregation, where the deadly shooting took place.

Fellow members of the New Light Congregation say Wax was a pillar of the congregation, filling many roles there.

On Saturday, Trump called the shooting an act of pure evil and called on Americans to rise above hatred.

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