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Robert Bowers, suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter: what to know

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SWAT police officers respond after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 27, 2018.
SWAT
police officers respond after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of
Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 27,
2018.

Reuters

  • Police believe the gunman who opened fire at the Tree of Life
    Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, killing at least 11 people
    and injuring 12 others, is 48-year-old Robert Bowers.
  • Bowers is believed to live in the Versailles borough of
    Pittsburgh, and has been described as a heavy set, white male
    with a beard.
  • He made several anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant remarks on
    social media.
  • Bowers reportedly does not support President Donald Trump,
    calling him a “globalist, not a nationalist.”

A gunman armed with an AR-15 and
handguns stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on
Saturday, killing at least eight and
injuring at 12 more
.

The gunman, who police believe is 48-year-old Robert Bowers, was
arrested at the scene after firing upon officers when they first
arrived, wounding at least three.

The local CBS affiliate KDKA reported that the gunman was
also wounded and was crawling on the ground from his injuries.

Bowers is believed to live in the Versailles borough of
Pittsburgh, and has been described as a heavy set, white male
with a beard, KDKA reported.

He reportedly entered the synagogue shouting “All Jews must die,”
and had written anti-Semitic posts on social media. Pittsburgh
authorities tweeted that the “shooting
will be prosecuted as a Hate Crime and the FBI will be leading
the investigation.”

An hour before the shooting, Bowers wrote on a social media
platorm called Gab under the name One Dingo that “HIAS likes to
bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch
my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I’m going in,”
according to Heavy.com.

HIAS stands for Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which helps
provides humanitarian aid and assistance to
refugees.

Gab promotes itself as a free speech platform, which many
white supremacists have turned to after being kicked off Twitter
and other websites.

Gab removed Bowers’ profile shortly after the
shooting.

Bowers wrote on his Gab profile that “jews are the children
of satan.” He also made several anti-immigrant comments,
Heavy.com reported.

Bowers was apparently opposed to the Trump administration,
saying he did not vote for Trump and reportedly calling him a
“globalist, not a nationalist.”

 

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