A right-wing, anti-semitic shooter opened fire during a baby-naming ceremony at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday, killing 11 people and wounding six others, including four police officers, authorities said.
The FBI named the suspect as Robert Bowers, 46.
Bowers has an active license to carry a firearm and has made at least six known firearm purchases since 1996, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told CNN. On September 29, Bowers posted photos of his handgun collection on his Gab.com account, which included multiple clips and sights. Shortly before the shooting, Bowers posted on his Gab account that he "can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I'm going in."
Spent the past few hours studying the social media of Robert Bowers - the Pittsburgh shooter.— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 27, 2018
Guess what he believed & was actively angry about?
Trump's lie that dangerous men from the Middle East were marching in as a part of the caravan in Mexico & that Jews were funding it.
Pittsburgh Police says there are ‘‘multiple casualties’’ in a mass shooting near a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The shooting was reported Saturday morning near the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Early reports say that 12 have been shot, including three police officers, and that eight are dead.
The suspect, a white male, has surrendered according to live TV reports at the scene. A SWAT team had been talking with the suspect, and he was crawling and injured. Police sources say the gunman walked into the building with an assault weapon and yelled, “All Jews Must die.”
Truth: Those 5,000 migrants pose no danger to us...not even if they were on our border.— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) October 27, 2018
What poses a danger to Americans are the murderers among us like the anti-Semitic monster who massacred 8 Jews and shot 3 police officers in Pittsburgh this morning.
WE are the problem! pic.twitter.com/cL0kGQHsCZ
As seen today, antisemitism, like racism, bigotry, and xenophobia, is alive and kicking in America. It’s just being stoked to action through hateful speech and nationalist mentality. My heart goes out to the victims in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.— Michelle Mars (@MichelleMarsHEA) October 27, 2018
Pittsburgh - IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME! With the lack of leadership at the top, no place is safe from his right wing base. pic.twitter.com/Jd9YPtY7TY— Thee Advocatus (@TheeAdvocatus1) October 27, 2018