Murphysboro (US): United States President Donald Trump said that he will travel to the Pennsylvania city of Pittsburgh, where a gunman opened fire at a synagogue and killed 11 people. He did not provide details of his trip that comes in the wake of the fatal shooting, which he earlier dubbed an “evil Anti-Semitic attack” and an “assault on humanity. At present Trump is in Illinois for a campaign rally for November midterm elections.
The president also ordered that American flags be flown at half-staff following the shooting. “All flags at the White House, public grounds, military posts, naval stations and ships will be flown at half-staff through October 31 as a mark of “solemn respect” for the victims”, Trump ordered.
Earlier on Saturday, 11 people lost their lives and six others were injured after a gunman opened fire inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh. No children were among the fatalities and the six injured include four police officers but do not include the suspect, Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh’s public safety director, told a press conference.
The suspect, identified as Robert Bowers was taken into custody by the city police after he was injured during an exchange of fire, suggest local US media reports. He told the police that he didn’t want any of the Jews inside to live. According to the KDKA Radio station, the gunman walked into the building and yelled, “all Jews must die”.
As per several reports, the gunman opened fire on a prayer service as well as on the responding officers.
Condemning the fatal shooting, US President Donald Trump called for handing out death penalty to those responsible for mass shootings after several casualties were reported from The Tree of Life, a Jewish Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Calling it to be a case of hate crime, the President reiterated that something must be done about hate in America and that armed guards at churches and synagogues are an option.
Calling it an act of hatred and pledging support to the Jewish community, Advisor to POTUS, Ivanka Trump said, “America is stronger than the acts of a depraved bigot and anti-semite. All good Americans stand with the Jewish people to oppose acts of terror & share the horror, disgust & outrage over the massacre in Pittsburgh. We must unite against hatred & evil. God bless those affected.”
The US Vice President Mike Pence too condemned the hate crime and said there was no place for violence in America. He tweeted, “What happened in Pittsburgh today was not just criminal – it was evil – an attack on innocent Americans and an assault on our Freedom of Religion. There’s no place in America for violence or anti-Semitism, and this evil must end.”