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Police respond to an active-shooter situation at the Tree of Life synagogue

Police respond to an active-shooter situation at the Tree of Life synagogue

The suspected shooter has been charged on 29 federal counts.

"The fact that this attack took place during a worship service makes it even more heinous", US Attorney Scott Brady said. Bowers is being treated for gunshot wounds and is due in court Monday.

Bowers shot his victims with an AR-15, used in numerous nation's mass shootings, and three handguns, all of which he owned legally and had a license to carry, according to a law enforcement official who wasn't authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation, and who spoke Sunday on the condition of anonymity. "This time it was us, but we can't tolerate hate in our country here, or anywhere".

"We've been in practice together for 30 years and friends longer than that", Ciesielka said.

"I've heard the president's comments about how we should arm guards in our synagogues, our churches, our mosques". Synagogue officials said police would only normally have been present for security on high holidays.

A grandfather, he attended services every Saturday, according to TribLive.

Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports from Pittsburgh.

Brothers Cecil Rosenthal, 59, and David Rosenthal, 54. She knew both Rose Mallinger and Dan Stein who were murdered in the attack.

Her mother lives close to the synagogue but fortunately was not in the immediate vicinity at the time of the attack.

The six people injured included four police officers, one of whom was released later Saturday and another "we are praying will be released today", Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said.

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The suspect, a Pittsburgh resident, was shot and in fair condition at a hospital, authorities said.

News of the attack spread quickly through the surrounding neighborhood.

Berkun said he had recently hosted two of the victims at his Aventura synagogue.

He said he could imagine a scene of pandemonium if the assailant showed up at his temple.

Peduto added: "I think we're dealing with an irrational person who acted irrationally and trying to create laws around that is not the way that we should govern".

Around the time, three congregations amounting to about 100 people would have been using the building, Mr Eisenberg said.

Federal prosecutors charged Bowers late on Saturday with 29 criminal counts including violating U.S. civil rights laws.

Jones said agents are checking Bowers' social media accounts.

Bowers, who is a registered voter with "no affiliation" in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, took aim in one post at US President Donald Trump, accusing him of being a "globalist" who did nothing to stop the "infestation" of the United States by Jews. I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Their bodies are undergoing autopsies, and authorities are "doing everything in our power that honors both civil and religious law", he said.

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