Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting which claimed at least 11 lives saw mostly older people in the age group 54 to 97. The fatal attack on the Jewish community saw mostly older worshippers, said, officials.
The suspected gunman who shouted ‘All Jews Must Die’ before opening fire, stormed the building during a Saturday morning service and also wounded six other people including four police officers before being arrested.
The gunman who expressed his desire to kill Jewish people during the rampage will now make an appearance before a judge on Monday afternoon, said U.S. Attorney Scott Brady.
At least two brothers in their 50s and a husband and wife in their 80s were among those killed, according to the list of victims released by officials. Two people were in critical condition at area hospitals and three others, including one police officer, were in stable condition. One police officer was treated and released on Saturday.
The Tree of Life synagogue in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, a heavily Jewish area, was holding a Shabbat religious service when the gunman burst in.
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat who is Jewish, said on Sunday the country needs to combat a climate of hatred and division that he said Trump helped foster. “Honestly I think this president’s whole modus operandi is to divide us. He gets up in the morning with new and inventive ways to divide us,” Schiff said as per media reports.
On Saturday, Trump called the shooting an act of pure evil and called on Americans to rise above hatred.