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Additional details emerge about gunman in deadly synagogue shooting

Written by Katie Meyer and Amy Sisk/WESA | Oct 28, 2018 4:27 PM
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Law enforcement positioned outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)

(Pittsburgh) -- Details are still coming out about the path of the alleged gunman who killed 11people and wounded six others at a Pittsburgh synagogue yesterday.

But, it's clear from Robert Bowers' social media activity and his comments to police officers at the scene, he was fueled by anti-Semitic fervor.

Calls started coming in to police from the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill shortly before 10:00 a.m. Saturday.

According to court reports, that's when 46-year-old Robert Gregory Bowers began shooting.

The documents show officers found Bowers on the third floor. He shot two of them multiple times and told an officer, "I just want to kill Jews."

He was carrying an AR-15 rifle and three handguns.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has been quick to call for tighter gun laws.

"In Pittsburgh, we're pragmatic. And we find solutions for problems," he told reporters during a press conference.

He noted guns are the common denominator in all mass shootings.

"We will not try to rationalize irrational behavior. We will not try to figure out ways in order to lessen the degree of crimes such as this," he said. "We will work to eradicate it."

Governor Tom Wolf also condemned "dangerous weapons."

But President Donald Trump has said armed guards at the synagogue might have been a good solution.

 

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