Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims Include 2 Brothers, Husband & WifeEight men and three women were killed when the suspected gunman, Robert Bowers, opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania.Eight men and three women, ranging in age from 97 to 54, were killed at a crowded Pittsburgh synagogue after an alleged gunman opened fire on the congregation during Saturday services, officials have announced.
Allegheny County medical examiner Karl Williams provided information about the victims at a news conference Sunday morning. They included two brothers and a husband and wife.
Williams said that the victims’ families had been notified and are “in shock and grieving.” Their bodies are undergoing autopsies, and authorities are “doing everything in our power that honors both civil and religious law,” he said.
The suspect, 46-year-old Robert Bowers, reportedly yelled, “All Jews must die,” before carrying out the attack, according to police sources. Federal prosecutors filed 29 charges against him on Saturday evening.
A Torah study and Shabbat services were scheduled at the synagogue on Saturday. During the shooting, a bris ― a Jewish circumcision ceremony for an infant boy ― was reportedly taking place at the Tree of Life synagogue.
Six people, including four police officers, were injured.
The American Defense League called the shooting “likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States.”