The identity of victims of the American Jewish church gun ranged from 54 to 97 years.

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 The identity of victims of the American Jewish church gun ranged from 54 to 97 years.


Police said the gunman, a 46-year-old white man with a clear anti-Semitic orientation and a Pittsburgh resident, Robert Bowers, was charged with 29 federal charges, including hate.

U.S. President Trump strongly condemned the shooting, calling it an evil act of mass murder and saying anti-Semitism must be fought wherever and wherever it occurs. He ordered the White House and other places to flag at half mast.

The shooting took place in a synagogue called the Tree of Life, a 10-minute drive from downtown Pittsburgh. Photo source: visual China

What happened?

The shooting took place at about 9:30 a.m. local time on the 27th in a synagogue called the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh. At that time, about 40 to 50 people were carrying out Sabbath prayers. A gunman rushed in and shouted, all Jews must die and shot at the crowd.

Around 10 oclock, the police received the alarm of several people trapped in the church and rushed to the scene. It was reported that the gunman was stopped by a uniformed police officer when he was about to escape, so he hid in the church and exchanged fire with the special police who had rushed to the scene, and finally surrendered and captured. He was shot wounded, but the situation was not serious.

Police said Bowles had no previous criminal record and that the guns he used in the crime were purchased legally. The Federal Bureau of investigation has set the case as a hate crime.

U.S. Attorney General Sessions subsequently issued a statement saying the Justice Department will prosecute Bowles for hate crimes and other criminal offences, including charges that could eventually lead him to death.

On the morning of Oct. 27, local time, a Jewish Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was shot. Eleven people were killed and six others, including four policemen, were injured. Photo source: visual China

[identity of victims

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 28 announced the identity of 11 killed in the shooting. The victims were reported to include 8 men and 3 women.

Among them, the oldest is Ross Malinger, 97 years old. Among the dead were a couple, 84-year-old Bernice Simon and 86-year-old Silvan Simon, as well as a pair of brothers, 59-year-old Cecil Rosenthal and 54-year-old David Rosenthal.

Gunner Robert Bowles, carrying three pistols and a semi-automatic rifle, charged into the Jewish Church of the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh on Saturday, shooting innocents indiscriminately, killing 11 people. Bowers was later arrested and shot by police.

Bowers will appear in court on 29 days.

[how to respond

Immediately after the incident, U.S. President Trump tweeted, We pray for the dead and the people they love, and our hearts are with the brave and badly wounded policemen.

Former president Obama also responded by saying: we are saddened by the Americans who were killed in Pittsburgh. All of us must oppose the rise of anti-Semitism and hate speech against people who look different, have different sexual orientations and have different religious beliefs. For those who want to hurt innocent people, we must prevent them from getting guns easily. German leaders also mourned the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue and stressed the need to combat anti-Semitism. A German Chancellor Angela Merkel spokesman tweeted: All of us must firmly face the pervasive anti-Semitism. German President Steinmeier also sent a letter to Trump to express his shock and condolences to the attack. This abominable crime reminds us all that we should do our best to advocate against hatred and violence, against anti-Semitism and exclusiveness, and against those who incite them, he wrote. Source: China News Net editor: Wang Lishan _NBJS7182

Former president Obama also responded by saying: we are saddened by the Americans who were killed in Pittsburgh. All of us must oppose the rise of anti-Semitism and hate speech against people who look different, have different sexual orientations and have different religious beliefs. For those who want to hurt innocent people, we must prevent them from getting guns easily.

German leaders also mourned the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue and stressed the need to combat anti-Semitism. A German Chancellor Angela Merkel spokesman tweeted: All of us must firmly face the pervasive anti-Semitism.

German President Steinmeier also sent a letter to Trump to express his shock and condolences to the attack. This abominable crime reminds us all that we should do our best to advocate against hatred and violence, against anti-Semitism and exclusiveness, and against those who incite them, he wrote.