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A neighbor of Robert Bowers, charged in Saturday’s deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, says he had a habit of watching TV late at night, but seemed like an “average 50-year-old dude.” (Oct 28)
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Authorities said the Pennsylvania man who killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday likely acted alone.

Authorities identified the victims during a Sunday press conference. The victims ages range from 54 to 97. 

The accused gunman, Robert Bowers, 46, was charged late Saturday with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes. Bowers was taken into custody after being wounded in a shootout with police at the scene of the “horrific” mass shooting, according to law enforcement officials. 

The attack is the worst on worshipping Jewish people in American history, according to a Cincinnati professor and director of the American Jewish Archives.

Here’s what we know, so far: 

What happened? 

Bowers allegedly burst into the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and screamed anti-Semitic epithets as he opened fire on the congregants, law enforcement officials said.

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Bowers shot and killed the 11 victims before being confronted by police. The call of a shooting at the synagogue came in at around 9:54 a.m. ET, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said at a Saturday news conference.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the shooting occurred at the synagogue during a baby-naming ceremony. 

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How did police capture Bowers? 

As Bowers attempted to exit the synagogue, a gunfight erupted and two officers were injured, Pittsburgh bureau FBI Special Agent in Charge Bob Jones said.

In a later exchange of gunfire, two SWAT team members were injured. Bowers was taken into custody and is in fair condition with multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.

Who is the suspect?

Bowers, 46, was charged by federal prosecutors with 29 counts, including using a firearm to commit murder. Bowers was allegedly armed with an assault rifle and four handguns. 

Posts believed to be from Bowers’ social media accounts show pictures of several Glock pistols in their cases and derogatory remarks about refugees, Jewish people and President Donald Trump.

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Who are the victims? 

 

Authorities released the names of the victims during a press conference Monday. 

Joyce Fienberg, 75
Richard Gottfried,65
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal, 59
David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84
Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Waxn, 88
Rose Malinger, 97
Irving Younger, 69

Authorities have established a hotline for family members of the victims:

How have government officials responded? 

The President tweeted that the “evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity.” 

 

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More: Pittsburgh synagogue attack worst on worshiping Jews in U.S. history, archivist says

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