Synagogue Massacre

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Synagogue Massacre

Tree of Life Congregation

Tree of Life Congregation

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Tree of Life Congregation

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Tree of Life Congregation

Tear Stallone, Staff Writer

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     A man armed with an AK-15-style rifle and at least three handguns open fired while shouting anti-semitic slurs at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday morning. No children were injured, however authorities state that at least 11 congregants were killed, 4 officers were wounded along with 2 other bystanders.

    This act was described as one of the deadliest against the Jewish community in the United States. This man walked into Tree of Life Congregation and indiscriminately fired into the crowd.

    Identified by law enforcement officials, the assailant, Robert D. Bowers, fired for several minutes. He was found by officers when he was leaving the synagogue. Mr. Bowers and the police officers exchanged gunfire until Bowers retreated back inside the synagogue and barricaded himself inside, eventually surrendering.

    Bowers, 46, was injured by one of the guns that were fired. There’s no information on if it was him or the police, but he was taken to the Allegheny General hospital.

    Although Bowers has no background of criminal history, this did not excuse him from the 29 criminal charges including obstructing the free exercise in religious beliefs, hate crimes, and for using a firearm for murder. His state charges are 11 counts of criminal homicide, 6 counts of aggravated assault, and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.

    This tragedy is just one of the many that have occurred in recent history. The residents of this community are still unable to process the event that took place. If actions like this are not stopped, they could possibly grow stronger causing more and more people to be hurt.