Pittsburgh synagogue shooter faces 29 federal charges for his crimes

Rodolfo Vieira
Oct 28, 2018
12:11 P.M.

Robert Bowers, the man who opened fire inside a busy synagogue during a service, will have 29 federal charges filed against him.


The incident took place on Saturday morning, October 27, 2017, at the Tree of Life synagogue, located in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

As reported by CBS News, Bowers burst into the synagogue and opened fire with the intent of killing everyone inside while shouting 'All Jews must die' during the 20-minute assault.

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According to the authorities, a total of 11 people lost their lives and six others were injured, including four police officers who tried to intervene. Their injuries are believed to be non-threatening.



Pittsburgh's public safety director, Wendell Hissrich, described the horrific crime scene as 'one of the worst' that he had seen, even worse than the plane crashes that he has witnessed in the past.

The Department of Justice has announced that a total of 29 charges have been filed against that 46-year-old gunman, 'including charges that could lead to the death penalty.'



So far, Bowers is expected to be charged with 11 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder; 11 counts of obstruction of exercise of religious belief resulting in death; four counts of injury to a public safety officer and three counts of use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Although police are still investigating the motives behind Bowers' actions, it is believed that the victims were 'brutally murdered by a gunman targeting them simply because of their faith.'



President Donald Trump reacted to the shooting as soon as he learned of the terrifying situation, and took to Twitter to advise people living nearby not to leave the safety of their homes.

The U.S. President followed the case quite closely and claimed that people who commit such hateful crimes 'should get the death penalty.'

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