(CNN)Police who rushed to a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were killed were soon met with a string of gunfire, according to radio transmissions from the scene. When the shooting stopped, officers waited for tactical teams to arrive then searched the building until the shooter, hiding on the third floor, fired at them. Eventually the gunman gave up and crawled out, apparently explaining his motive to one officer, who reported the shooter said: "All these Jews need to die." Here is how the shooting and police response unfolded: 9:49 a.m. ET: An anti-Jewish message is posted on a social media account for Robert Bowers, identified as the alleged gunman. "I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered," he said. "Screw your optics, I'm going in." Read More 9:54 a.m. ET: 911 calls about an active shooter come into the Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center. 9:55 a.m. ET: Two police cars are dispatched, according to radio traffic posted by Broadcastify. They are told … [Read more...] about Here’s how the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue unfolded
(CNN)Defense attorneys for the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre entered a plea of not guilty Thursday to federal charges and requested a jury trial. Robert Bowers, 46, walked into court in wrist, waist and ankle restraints Thursday, with a large bandage on his upper left arm. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds during a shootout with police and was released from the hospital three days ago. Thursday marked his second court appearance this week after a federal grand jury indicted him on 44 federal charges in last weekend's slaying of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue. During the arraignment, Bowers watched prosecutors and nodded periodically. He responded "yes" that he understood the penalties of the charges, and his public defender, Michael J. Novara, entered a plea of not guilty, "as is typical," he said. Of the 44 charges, 32 counts are punishable by death, a grand jury filing released Wednesday said. Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers, … [Read more...] about Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty to federal charges
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police said a suspect was in custody after a shooting caused "multiple casualties"at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.Commander Jason Lando told reporters Saturday the shooting was reported near the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood.Pittsburgh tweeted that there was an active shooter in the area of Wilkins and Shady avenues, and the synagogue is at that intersection. The tree-lined residential neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, has a heavily Jewish population.The congregation's president declined to comment.Three officers were also shot in the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.Police spokesman Chris Togneri says police have no more information at this time because they are still trying to clear the building and figure out if any more threats exist.The synagogue is located at the intersection of Wilkins and Shady avenues. The tree-lined residential … [Read more...] about Multiple casualties after Pittsburgh synagogue shooting; suspect in custody
(CNN)President Donald Trump said the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue would have been different had an armed guard been in place. "If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him," he said to reporters before boarding a flight to a Saturday rally. Trump also said the nation should strengthen its laws surrounding the death penalty. "When people do this they should get the death penalty," he said. "Anybody that does a thing like this to innocent people that are in temple or in church ... they should be suffering the ultimate price, they should pay the ultimate price." CNN's Sarah Westwood contributed to this report. … [Read more...] about Trump says Pittsburgh synagogue should’ve had armed guards
Details are still forthcoming in a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that has left at least 8 dead and 6 injured. Authorities, however, have identified the shooter as 48-year-old Robert Bowers. Bowers is accused of entering The Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of the city and "shooting indiscriminately" at people inside, KDKA reports. Bowers also reportedly screamed anti-Semitic slogans as he opened fire, including "all Jews must die." Bowers was injured after exchanging gunfire with police, and after negotiations with officers, he was taken into custody and to a hospital. Bowers was active on Twitter, but his account was deleted after the shooting. Bowers was also active on a social media platform called Gab. Gab is a Philadelphia-based social network that bills itself as "a social network that champions free speech, individual liberty and the free flow of information online." Gab has been cited as Twitter-like platform for self-described … [Read more...] about Who is Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers?
Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered Commonwealth flags lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Wolf has ordered all Commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex, at state facilities, and throughout the state lowered to half-staff. Here's another statement made by Wolf: "I am in Pittsburgh meeting with affected families, first responders, and city and county officials. Frances and I offer our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of this heinous act of hatred. We are praying for those injured and the medical professionals treating them." I thank all of the first responders who worked quickly to prevent further carnage, aid victims, and protect the surrounding neighborhood. I stand in sorrow and solidarity with all those, especially the Squirrel Hill and Pittsburgh Jewish communities, who are mourning and helping the community to recover." … [Read more...] about Commonwealth flags ordered at half-staff to honor Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims