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Pittsburgh shooter hit with 29 federal charges after killing 11 in Synagogue

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 28 Oct 2018, 08:09:45 AM
Pittsburgh shooter hit with 29 federal charges after killing 11 in synagogue shooting

Pittsburgh shooter hit with 29 federal charges after killing 11 in synagogue shooting

New Delhi:

US prosecutors slapped the gunman who killed 11 people in a synagogue with 29 counts of federal crimes of violence and firearms offenses on Saturday, after he carried out the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent US history.

The charges against shooter Robert Bowers include 11 counts of obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death; and 11 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence, the US Attorney's Office of the Western District of Pennsylvania said in a statement.

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"The crimes of violence are based upon the federal civil rights laws prohibiting hate crimes," the statement said.

President Donald Trump said he has been monitoring the shooting. In a tweet, Trump encouraged people to shelter in place and said “looks like multiple fatalities.”

"Monitoring reports of a shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Praying for the fallen, the injured, all the families impacted, and our courageous first responders. God bless them all," Vice President Mike Pence said.

According to Michael Eisenberg, past president of Tree of Life Synagogue the shooting happened during weekly Shabbat services at the Jewish synagogue. At the time, three simultaneous congregation services were taking place. 

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Earlier, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf described it as a tragedy. "The shooting in Pittsburgh this morning is an absolute tragedy...These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans. My thoughts right now are focused on the victims, their families and making sure law enforcement has every resource they need," he said.       

"We cannot accept this violence as normal," Wolf said. 

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First Published : 28 Oct 2018, 08:07:56 AM