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15:20, 29 October 2018

Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect to Face Court Prosecutors May possibly Pursue Death Penalty


Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect to Face Court Prosecutors May Pursue Death Penalty

Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect to Face Court Prosecutors May Pursue Death Penalty

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Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life synagogue hugged Rabbi Cheryl Klein throughout a community gathering in Pittsburgh on Sunday.CreditCreditMatt Rourke/Related Press

By Campbell Robertson, Sabrina Tavernise and Matthew Haag

PITTSBURGH &mdash As Robert Bowers, the man accused of killing 11 congregants in a hate-filled attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, prepared to make his first court look on Monday, survivors and relatives of the victims were nevertheless struggling to come to terms with the enormity of the loss.

The attack ended when the gunman, wounded and crawling on his knees, surrendered to police officers. He &ldquowanted all Jews to die,&rdquo he told a SWAT officer then, the authorities said, simply because Jews &ldquowere committing genocide against his people.&rdquo

The victims of the attack, beloved members of a single of the nation&rsquos important Jewish communities, were mainly in their 70s and 80s.

Mr. Bowers was scheduled to seem ahead of a federal judge on Monday at 1:30 p.m. Federal officials have charged him with 29 criminal counts, included obstructing the totally free workout of religious beliefs &mdash a hate crime, which can carry the death penalty, a sentence that federal authorities stated Sunday they intended to pursue. He also faces state charges.

&ldquoI learned a number of critical issues from him,&rdquo Rabbi Myers stated about the security education in August in an interview on Monday on ABC&rsquos &ldquoGood Morning America.&rdquo &ldquoHe said, &lsquoRabbi, it&rsquos a various planet and you require to carry it.&rsquo I&rsquom so grateful for his presence and teaching me.&rdquo

Rabbi Myers stated that about five minutes soon after the Saturday service began at 9:45 a.m., he heard a loud sound in the lobby on the floor beneath. It sounded like a coat rack had fallen, he recalled. But then another loud bang rang out.

&ldquoIt was apparent to me,&rdquo he said, &ldquothat it was not the sound of a piece of metal falling down.&rdquo He added, &ldquoit was rapid fire.&rdquo

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A memorial close to the Tree of Life synagogue.CreditMichael Henninger for The New York Occasions

Rabbi Myers said about a dozen folks had been in the sanctuary when the firing started, and he yelled for everybody to drop to the ground and keep quiet. He started evacuating the congregants, beginning with a handful of individuals at the front of the sanctuary. He moved them to safety. There were still eight folks still in the space, all in the rear, but it was as well late to help them, he said.

The gunfire was obtaining louder. The gunman was moving closer to the sanctuary.

&ldquoThere was no way for me to get back,&rdquo he said.

Seven of the eight men and women were killed, he mentioned. The particular person who survived, a lady, was wounded but anticipated to live.

Campbell Robertson reported from Pittsburgh, and Sabrina Tavernise and Matthew Haag from New York. Katie Benner contributed reporting from Washington.

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Published at Mon, 29 Oct 2018 13:54:05 +0000


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