Update: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting – Number of Casualties – Suspect Identified – Update: 11 People Killed, 6 Injured…

UPDATE: 4:00pm EST Police/FBI/DOJ Briefing:  •9:54am initial call to 911; •officers dispatched 9:55am; •11 fatalities (no children); •six injuries including 4 police; •suspect used rifle and 3 handguns; •suspect Robert Bowers, no prior police contact; •suspect acted alone; •motive appears hate-crime, antisemitism.

A suspect named Robert Bowers (48) opened fire in a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today killing an unknown number of people. Bowers opened fire at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue shortly before 10am.

According to an assembly of media reports, the shooter killed at least three people on the main floor of the building then went downstairs, where the congregation was gathering in the basement, and opened fire killing at least four people there.

At some point he exchanged fire with SWAT teams and injured four police officers. After being injured himself in the crossfire, Bowers surrendered to police. He is now in custody. Among the six people injured were four police officers and two congregants who are clinging to life in the hospital.

The shooter’s motive appears to be pure evil. Hatred, antisemitism, bigotry and hatred toward Jews. A man with the same name posted on the social media site Gab an hour before the shooting that he was enraged by the influx of Jewish migrants to the US and that he was ‘going in’.

 

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514 Responses to Update: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting – Number of Casualties – Suspect Identified – Update: 11 People Killed, 6 Injured…

  1. MaineCoon says:

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    • churchmouse says:

      That’s outrageous. (Who does this kind of thing?)

      May Rabbi Jeffries rest in peace.

      May God’s peace be upon Rabbi Jeffries’s loved ones — family and friends — now and forever. Amen.

      Liked by 9 people

      • lemmus1 says:

        …yes …but leaven that with the surety that had even one of his congregation been armed and trained, he and many others might still be with us …I’m not blaming him for the deaths, only regretting his part in enabling a wing-nut to carry them out

        …peace has a price and it isn’t kumbaya …the answer isn’t to ban guns …it’s to own, train, carry, and to use one if absolutely necessary in the defense of you, yours, and your community …this monster entered that synagogue knowing his intended victims were unarmed and defenseless …imagine if it was otherwise

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        • churchmouse says:

          I take your point.

          I meant comfort for his soul and for his loved ones.

          Nothing meant about 2A at all.

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        • Chip Doctor says:

          I have a conceal carry permit. I don’t carry everywhere I go, but I never go to church without my firearm. If some nut case decides to take out my fellow worshipers or pastor, it won’t be uncontested.

          Liked by 7 people

          • MaineCoon says:

            My mega-church has heavy security – many ouside uniform policemen/women (doing traffic and anything else, if needed), plus several more CC, undercovers inside. Scaled down versipn Weds evening. Senior pastor really beefed up after the NC shooting particularly with more undercovers inside.

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          • Red says:

            I really feel vulnerable in Church because its the only place I go where everyone is sitting with their backs to the door. Any place else I go I never sit with my back to a window or to the door. I am always checking out where and how I can take cover or escape…it is exhausting to think and feel this way, but these days you just never know. So not the country I grew up in……

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          • Skip says:

            Chip Doctor,
            Serious question : WHY do you not carry EVERYWHERE you (and your fellow humans) may be? Do you not fasten your seat belt every time you get in an automobile?
            I believe this axiom ; “An armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man is a fool, and a disarmed man is a subject”
            Peace to you, fellow Treeper,
            skipper1961

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          • piper567 says:

            We have men in our Congregation who carry.
            And a week ago, we had an NRA Instructor come and teach women ab situational awareness.
            very helpful.
            Have had road signs and heavy concrete planters stolen.
            You never Know.

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      • Jan Phillips says:

        Amen, Churchmouse!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. MaineCoon says:

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  3. Phil aka Felipe says:

    I subscribe to American Minute with Bill Federer. I get his articles be email almost every day.

    The title of yesterday’s article is ‘Ancient Israel & Right of “the PEOPLE” to Keep & Bear Arms’. It contains many great quotes from the Founders of Our Country and others.

    From the article:
    In September of 1774, Dr. Joseph Warren wrote the Suffolk Resolves.

    British statesman Edmund Burke cited the Suffolk Resolves as a major development in colonial animosity, which eventually led to the Declaration of Independence.

    The Suffolk Resolves stated:

    “That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity,
    by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain, defend and preserve those civil and religious rights and liberties, for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to future generations …and that the inhabitants of those towns and districts … do use their utmost diligence to acquaint themselves with the art of war as soon as possible, and do, for that purpose, appear under arms at least once every week.”

    On OCTOBER 26, 1774, the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts reorganized their defenses with one-third of their regiments being “Minutemen,” ready to fight at a minute’s notice.

    This followed the example of the earliest known militia in history – Ancient Israel, where every man was armed and always ready at a moment’s notice to defend his family and his community.

    E.C. Wines wrote in Commentaries on the Laws of the Ancient Hebrews, with an Introductory Essay on Civil Society & Government (NY: Geo. P. Putnam & Co., 1853):

    “Moses’ constitution made no provision for a standing army … The whole body of citizens … formed a national guard of defense. Thus the landholders (and every Israelite was a landholder) formed the only soldiery, known to the Mosaic constitution.
    ____________________________________________________________________________
    George Orwell wrote in “Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool” (Polemic: March 1947):

    “Shakespeare starts by assuming that to make yourself powerless is to invite an attack. This does not mean that everyone will turn against you … but in all probability someone will.

    If you throw away your weapons, some less scrupulous person will pick them up.”

    From the time of America’s Revolution, generations of oppressed peoples throughout the world looked to the people of America to maintain freedom.

    In 1967, after 14 years in a Communist prison in Romania, Rev. Richard Wurmbrand stated:

    “America is the hope of every enslaved man, because it is the last bastion of freedom in the world.

    Only America has the power and spiritual resources to stand as a barrier between militant Communism and the people of the world.

    It is the last ‘dike’ holding back the rampaging flood waters of militant Communism.

    If it crumples, there is no other dike, no other dam; no other line of defense to fall back upon …”

    Rev. Wurmbrand ended:

    “America is the last hope of millions of enslaved peoples. They look to it as their second fatherland. In it lies their hopes and prayers.

    I have seen fellow-prisoners in Communist prisons beaten, tortured, with 50 pounds of chains on their legs-praying for America … that the dike will not crumple; that it will remain free.”

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    You can find the rest of the article at http://www.americanminute.com and also subscribe to the newsletter.

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  4. youme says:

    Binyamin AppelbaumVerified account
    @BCAppelbaum
    A Washington correspondent for The New York Times.

    He forgot a few

    Boston bombing 3 dead, 250 injured by Tsarnaev brothers

    Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov plowing his vehicle into pedestrians along the West Side Highway bike path, killing eight and wounding another eleven

    A mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub where Omar Mateen killed 50, 50 wounded

    San Bernadino, Calif where fourteen people were killed and more than 20 wounded

    Dallas, Texas during sniper attack when Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed and killed 5 police officers

    His post had 6,642 Retweets and 14,059 Likes

    The replies are vile.

    Shows what we are up against

    Liked by 2 people

  5. youme says:

    Liked by 5 people

    • lemmus1 says:

      …there is a huge Somali refugee population there …Islamic and largely unassimilated …just look at Ellison if you have any doubts …this is our future if the Dems win come Tuesday …vote!

      Liked by 10 people

    • mr.piddles says:

      Looks like the Tweet was from 2012. Still, you just know what she was thinking today.

      Like

      • sedge2z says:

        thank you mr.piddles, I did not follow through on Ilhan Omar’s comment which was posted Nov 16 2012 instead of recently. Her un-American hate for us is six years old!

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    • sedge2z says:

      This is the first time I have read a “call to allah to awaken the people who have been hypnotized by Isreal.” After the synagog shooting today. Ilhan Omar, US House Democrat candidate, Minnesota (she’s the one who married her brother = immigration fraud)

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  6. Jeff C-C says:

    And what say y’all about “gab.ai,” the web site where this cretin gave the message that he would carry out this heinous act? It aspired to be the right-wing social media home.

    As for my take on it: Thomas Wictor has moved there, so I’ve checked it out a couple of times. Just last night there was a horrible, racist posting in the “highlights,” so I wasn’t planning to go back. Definitely not now.
    None of that in the Treehouse.

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    • FanGirl says:

      Gab didn’t shoot anyone. I haven’t been there. Twitter is a sewer, too.
      There was another alternative to Twitter that I meant to look at.

      Liked by 4 people

    • lemmus1 says:

      …I abandoned Free Republic years ago due to it becoming a home for such …took me a long time to find this place, monitor it, and feel comfortable that it was largely free of wing-nuts whose only answer is to shoot first and let God sort them out …I carry, but it’s a last resort, not my first …the monitors here appear to largely agree …that’s a good thing imnsho

      Liked by 5 people

    • Sadie Slays says:

      You can find child porn and ISIS terrorists on Twitter. Does that make everyone who uses Twitter a supporter of child porn and ISIS? Of course not.

      BTW, it’s Gab.com. not “Gab.ai.” If you’re going to push an agenda, then at least get the facts straight.

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    • 1stgoblyn says:

      The hosting service for GAB has closed it down, BEFORE the shooting, and not b/c of any individual post, put possibly b/c it was becoming a forceful competition for Twitter. They weren’t even given a valid reason for doing so.

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    • wrd9 says:

      Gab hasn’t aspired to be anything but be a free speech zone. Some Twitter refugees go there like Thomas Wictor. When you protect free speech there will be some very racist, sexist, abhorrent comments. It goes with the territory. Twitter, every day, protects leftist anti-white, anti-male, anti-semitic, and Trump assassination rhetoric even as they censor any and all conservative rhetoric THEY deem unsuitable which is a low bar. The majority of the most influential accounts I follow on Twitter are shadowbanned like Jordan Peterson and James Wood. If you support the First Amendment, you can’t pick and choose and you can’t blame the provider. What the provider can and should do is provide tools for users to filter speech. Whether law enforcement should be taking a more proactive role in social media is a very controversial matter.

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  7. rumpole2 says:

    As the news continues… talk of 29 charges.. investigations, hearings etc…seeking the death penalty etc.
    I can’t help but think that since this guy was shot several times its a shame that he was revived.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. 4gypsybreeze says:

    Words cannot express my sadness for such evil that happened today. I can only offer my prayers for those that died today and prayers for the suffering that the families and friends are experiencing. To say that ones heart is hurting… is not an idle saying. Mine is hurting.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Republicanvet91 says:

    It would appear the police immediately entered and engaged the shooter. Imagine the death toll if they acted like those at Parkland and just waited outside.

    Liked by 5 people

  10. Cooper45 says:

    This is a passage from Vera Brittain’s book “Testament of Youth” that recounts her experiences as a young British woman and VAD nurse during WW I. Her fiance Roland, beloved brother Edward (MC) and all of her and her brother’s close male friends (Geoffrey, Victor etc) were killed in that war. I read it just before I heard of the attack.

    O Captain of our voyage
    What of the dead?
    Dead days, dead hopes, dead loves, dead dreams, dead sorrows–
    O Captain of our voyage
    Do the dead walk again?

    For the sake of all those that were slaughtered today not in a senseless, protracted world war but by one demented fellow citizen during peacetime, I sure hope the answer is Yes! I have faith that it is true based in part by my own unexpected experiences after losing a beloved soul mate.

    To the grief stricken families of the fallen, know that many millions are grieving with you and are sincerely hoping that you will find peace and joy once again. It’s difficult but necessary not to turn away from the light or the El Maleh Rachamim or whatever else you call the source of good in the world at such a painful time. Let it in–or the darkness will take control.

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  11. jeans2nd says:

    May Our Lord bless these people and comfort their families in this time of grief.

    In the spirit of the current political blame game, we are putting this one Florida’s Gollum and New York’s Occasional-Cortez, yes? Both have expressed virulent antisemitism, and everyone knows Republicans are Pro-Israel Pro-Jewish.

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  12. NebraskaFilly says:

    From what I read elsewhere, there was a “gris ceremony” taking place at the time. Would someone please explain this ceremony to me? Is it a circumcision ceremony? Someone told me that the Rabbi cleans the blood after the cutting with his own mouth. Is this true? That just disgusts me if it is factual. Have always wondered about that. PDJT is exactly right – had there been an armed guard or two, chances are he might not have even made it into the synagogue.

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  13. LibertyVibe says:

    So sad for the victims. No one wants to state the obvious…I wonder what “they” have planned for tomorrow?

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  14. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    I noticed on Neon Revolt that Gab is under assault. People are trying to bring it down. I think they lost their hosting provider.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. LibertyVibe says:

    Gab.ai is being shut down as of Monday. They are being blamed for Pittsburgh, because the Democrat, Trump hater that shot those people, decided to post on gab before he did the deed.
    Please go here for more information, and how to help.
    https://wp.me/p7kZHT-1Wi

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  16. spoogels says:

    MEDIA SILENT!

    This was FLORIDA! CAIR (HAMAS) Leader (Rasha Mubarak) & President of Young Democrats of Orange County sponsored a Anti-semitic Hate Fest “Dirty Jew, Bastard Jew, Damn Jew, You steal like a Jew.

    There will be NO peace until Israel doesn’t Exist”

    #synagogueshooting

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  17. Donna in Oregon says:

    For Pittsburgh, God Bless and comfort you.

    Heavenly Father,

    You hold time within your hands, and see it all, from beginning to end. Please keep and carry these precious people in their sadness and loss. Cover them with your great wings of love, give their weary hearts rest and their minds sound sleep. Lord, lift their eyes so that they may catch a glimpse of eternity, and be comforted by the promise of heaven.

    Amen

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  18. d2jlking says:

    So sad for the victims and their families. God save us.

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  19. d2jlking says:

    So sad for the victims and their families. God save us.

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  20. TwoLaine says:

    I just heard Dershowitz canonize HIAS as a wonderful organization. I want to make sure everyone here knows that is very much a lie. HIAS spreads hatred of anyone and anything who gets in between them as federally paid HeadHunter who bring “refugees” in who HATE the Jewish people, and places them into your cities and towns in the middle of the night for YOU to take care of in perpetuity.

    In fact, they went to their initials only and dropped the word Jewish from their corporate name some time ago.

    Pennsylvania Synagogue Killer Was Angry About The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
    by Ann Corcoran
    28 Oct 2018
    https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/pennsylvania-synagogue-killer-was-angry-about-the-hebrew-immigrant-aid-society

    When they don’t get their way, as in new heads under POTUS TRUMP, they spread HATRED about YOU! You are biased, zenophobic, etc…….

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  21. Yesterday was just a mess. I tried going on Twitter and the hate and vitriol on there is too much to bear sometimes,, particularly on a day like yesterday. My heart breaks so much for the families and loved ones of the victims and for the community. One tiny sliver of light is the fact that no children were killed, however, there are still many children who will forever be stained and damaged by the events from yesterday. I don’t know when, but we all need a bipartisan pledge (started by the Republicans b/c the Dems won’t do it) for a day of peace. Pick one day. Any day. Call it something like #TakeAStepBackDay or #DayOfPeace or the #DayOfPeachChallenge or something like that. And encourage people to say only POSITIVE things on social media and everywhere. For those that find it difficult, stay off of social media and go out into the community and do something productive. Ride a bike. Go to a park. See a movie. Spend time with family. Go to church. Clean your house. Volunteer in the community. Let’s see what that one day could be like. Of course, there will always be those who just can’t help themselves because their purpose in life is to sow divide.

    Don’t get me wrong. I am 100% behind Trump, but he could do it as well. I love his tweets and love that he pushes back on all the negativity, but it would be nice to see him go just one day with just positive tweets as an example of how it can be done. Even go so far as to challenge everyone to say something nice about those they disagree with. It might be difficult but maybe Jim Acosta picked a nice tie that day, or Joy Behar had a good hair day. I don’t know, but something, anything positive would go miles. And if worse comes to worse choose the old adage if you can’t say something nice about someone say nothing at all.

    Encourage the media as well. Just one day report only the facts. Let the hosts from the right jump in on it. Hannity, Tucker, et al could spend their hour discussing only positive things that are occurring in the world, perhaps things that shine a light on bi-partisan achievements (I know-hard to find these days.) But I strongly believe that the LARGE majority of our fellow humans DO care about one another and DO want to just live their lives, get along with others, help one another, etc… Like yesterday. The first responders, for example.They weren’t there as Democrats or Republicans. They didn’t care how the victims voted in the last election. They just cared that they could help in any way they could.

    I know that I am a dreamer. But I also feel that those on our side would go all in for sure. Let the haters reveal themselves. I know that for every mass shooter, there are millions of people with love and kindness in their hearts. It cannot be that difficult to find it in each other. Just one day. Then maybe try a week some day. Then maybe a month. Then who knows. All I know is that while there will always be conflict in this world, there must be some peace. I know it is out there and I can’t be the only one who just wants to search out and promote and applaud all of the wonderful things we all do for one another in this world.

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  22. YL Calif says:

    HAIS: “National Refugee Shabbat will take place just after the expected announcement of the Presidential Determination – the cap on refugee admissions for the coming year – and just before the 2018 midterm elections. It is the perfect moment to raise awareness in our community, to recognize the work that has been done, and to reaffirm our commitment to welcoming refugees.”
    https://www.hias.org/national-refugee-shabbat
    This is why Robert Bowers viewed Synagogues as the enemy of America.

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  23. Mike says:

    Absolutely no surprise here – Synagogue that just got shot up recently had a “shooter drill”.  Just like most school shootings they have dry test runs first.
    https://twitter.com/rooshv/status/1056561979169607682      
    https://www.blacklistednews.com/article/68999/department-of-homeland-security-ran-safety-drills-at-tree-of-life.html

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  24. DMWT says:

    I am a highly educated girl from rural flyover America. Why does these houses of worship NOT have an armed citizen or guard outside? This jerk was all over the place–up, down, all around. Was this worth 11 lives? I do not understand this stupidity and naive thinking. We know the city of brotherly love is really not brotherly. Give it up and protect yourself.

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    • 1harpazo says:

      I, too, live in flyover country and I know that many churches in our area do have armed security. We recognize the need to trust God but also carry our “swords” that Jesus encouraged us to “sell our cloaks” for.

      BTW, this martyring of 11 faithful occurred in Pittsburgh, not Philadelphia.

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