Shooting in Pittsburgh

Lauren Hancock, Staff Writer

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Eleven people were killed and six were injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday morning. The man suspected of carrying out the shooting was a 46-year-old who expressed anti-Jew views on social media and told statements to the police that contained extremely hateful comments. All the victims were innocent older adults, all over the age of 54, including a 97-year-old woman.

The suspect, who is in custody and receiving medical attention, is Robert Bowers. Bowers was in the synagogue for only about 20 minutes, while three different services were in progress. While he was escaping the synagogue, he ran into an officer and engaged in gunfire, injuring several officers. He also had several gunshot wounds from being shot by police before finally being caught by law enforcement. The police had no records of previous crimes committed by this man, and he appeared to have had an active license to carry firearms. Bowers was posting seriously hateful things online about Jewish people and his final post was only five minutes before police seized him.

The shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in the U.S. Among the victims were 59 and 54-year-old brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal. The brothers were extremely kind and were “always there” at the synagogue, according to friends and family. Rose Mallinger was 97 years old and was from the Squirrel Hill area. Family members say she absolutely lived for her family, and regularly attended Tree of Life with her daughter Andrea, who was sadly injured in the shooting. She was expected to live to at least 100 years old. Her death, along with the loss of all the 10 other victims, was heartbreaking and shocking.

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