11 people killed in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, official says


Eleven people were killed in a shooting Saturday morning at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, according to officials.

Six people were wounded, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said, four of whom were police officers who responded to the scene. No children were among the dead, he said.
A city official have previously told CNN 10 people were killed.
Law enforcement officials told CNN the suspect has been identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, and that the suspect made anti-Semitic statements during the shooting.
Social media postings targeting Jews that are believed to have come from Bowers are a focus of the investigation, a federal law enforcement official told CNN.
“These incidents usually occur in other cities,” Hissrich told reporters Saturday afternoon. “Today the nightmare has hit home in the city of Pittsburgh.”
Latest developments
• Authorities could bring criminal charges against the suspected gunman as soon as today, Scott Brady, the United States attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said in a news conference. The full weight of the US Attorney’s office will be utilized in this hate crime prosecution, he said.
• Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement the Department of Justice “will file hate crimes and other criminal charges against the defendant, including charges that could lead to the death penalty.”
• A rifle and three handguns were recovered from the scene of the shooting, according to Bob Jones, FBI Pittsburgh special agent in charge.

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