Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Pittsburgh shooting: Squirrel Hill mourns its dead

Canadian politicians offer sympathies following Pittsburgh synagogue shooting Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: Oldest victim was 97
Patty Aguilar | 29 October, 2018, 15:22

His 20 minute rampage left 11 people dead and six others wounded, including four police officers, in what is believed to be the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent United States history.

Rose Mallinger was visiting the Tree of Life synagogue when the attacker, named by the authorities as Robert Bowers, 46, a declared antisemite, burst in and opened fire with three Glock handguns and an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle.

Bowers, who was in fair condition at a hospital, was charged late Saturday with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes and weapons offenses.

Leaders in Edmonton's Jewish community are reassuring people that there's no increased security risk following the horrific attack in Pittsburgh Saturday that left 11 people dead and six others wounded. Four police officers were injured in the attack, and "three of them were shot by Bowers", Brady said.

"We know a lot of the victims and it's just sad and bad", she said.

Apparently unable to see Werber and the other congregants in the darkness, Bowers walked back out. Bowers allegedly targeted a building that housed three separate congregations, all of which were conducting Shabbat services in the Squirrel Hill area, located about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.

Zachary Weiss, 26, said his father, 60-year-old Stephen Weiss, was inside the synagogue but was unharmed.

Myers had just begun his sermon when a gunman began shooting, eventually killing 11 people.

Worshippers "were brutally murdered by a gunman targeting them simply due to their faith", said Bob Jones, head of the FBI's Pittsburgh office, though he cautioned the shooter's full motive was not yet known.

"I looked up and there were all these dead bodies", said Charny, a retired psychiatrist who has attended services at Tree of Life since 1955. Several of the charges could carry the death penalty. "We will be a city of compassion welcoming to all people no matter what your religion or where your family came from", promised Mayor Bill Peduto. I won't say all the time.

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Michael Eisenberg, the immediate past president of the Tree of Life, said synagogue officials had not gotten any threats that he knew of before the shooting.

It was the deadliest attack against the Jewish community on USA soil, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights group that tracks antisemitism.

Another was Dr Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, a family physician who initially escaped the attack only to be killed when he returned to render aid to the wounded, according to a Wall Street Journal op-ed column by Pittsburgh carpet salesman Lou Weiss, who knew five of the victims personally.

Cecil Rosenthal (far left), 59, was killed alongside his younger brother, David Rosenthal (left on right). In response to hate, we will continue to live our lives as Canadian Jews who proudly contribute to our shared society.

"We're dealing with irrational behavior; there is no way that you can rationalize a person walking into a synagogue during services and taking the lives of 11 people".

"Bowers commented to one law enforcement officer, in substance, 'they're committing genocide to my people".

Dr. Gaea Leinhardt, who was Fienberg's research partner for decades, said she is devastated by the murder of her colleague and friend.

"And we're seeing that in Pittsburgh", he said.

Pope Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh in St. Peter's Square.

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