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What We Know About Robert Bowers, Suspect in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

What We Know About Robert Bowers, Suspect in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

What We Know About Robert Bowers, Suspect in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Law enforcement officials near the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a gunman killed numerous people. Officials identified the suspect as Robert D. Bowers.CreditCreditJared Wickerham for The New York Instances

By Julie Turkewitz and Kevin Roose

Law enforcement officials identified Robert D. Bowers, 46, as the suspect in the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Mr. Bowers is in custody and was taken to a hospital.

Here&rsquos what we know about the suspect:

&bull Mr. Bowers&rsquo social media activity shows a history of virulent anti-Semitism, filled with slurs and references to conspiracy theories.

&bull He was armed with an assault rifle and two handguns, and had 21 guns registered to his name, according to Representative Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania.

&bull In an account below his name on the social network Gab, Mr. Bowers&rsquo biography study: &ldquoJews are the young children of Satan.&rdquo His posts frequently implied that Jews control the country.

&bull Hours before Mr. Bowers allegedly entered the synagogue, he posted about a Jewish organization that assists refugees: &ldquoHIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can&rsquot sit by and watch my men and women get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I&rsquom going in.&rdquo

&bull Law enforcement officials stated at a news conference on Saturday that he was &ldquonot recognized to law enforcement&rdquo before the shooting.

Robert D. Bowers.Creditvia Agence France-Presse &mdash Getty Images

&bull Study far more about the shooting right here.

Gab has grown increasingly popular amongst alt-correct activists and white nationalists whose views are unwelcome on other services. It grew out of claims of anti-conservative bias by Facebook and Twitter.

Mr. Bowers regularly reposted anti-Semitic content from other customers, including a doctored image of the concentration camp Auschwitz, in which the gate reads: &ldquoLies Make Money.&rdquo A single post read: &ldquoOpen you Eyes! It&rsquos the filthy EVIL jews Bringing the Filthy EVIL Muslims into the Nation!!&rdquo Another showed the president in conversation with a man wearing a skullcap.

Mr. Bowers appeared to be incensed by news of immigrants coming to the United States. Weeks ago, he posted a link to the web site of HIAS, a Jewish nonprofit, which was arranging a shabbat ceremony for refugees in locations around the nation.

The caption study: &ldquoWhy hello there HIAS! You like to bring in hostile invaders to dwell among us?&rdquo

He was also at occasions vital of President Trump. Two days ahead of the shooting, he wrote: &ldquoTrump is a globalist, not a nationalist. There is no #MAGA as lengthy as there is a&rdquo &mdash Mr. Bowers inserted a slur for Jews &mdash &ldquoinfestation.&rdquo

On Saturday, Gab confirmed that the name on the account, which was matched the name of the alleged shooter. The organization took down the account, and released a statement saying it was cooperating with law enforcement.

&ldquoGab unequivocally disavows and condemns all acts of terrorism and violence,&rdquo the statement read.

A search of the Pennsylvania judiciary database shows only a site visitors violation from 2015 for Mr. Bowers. He pleaded guilty.

Kim Lyons, Adam Goldman and Ali Winston contributed reporting. Susan C. Beachy and Jack Begg contributed study.

Published at Sat, 27 Oct 2018 23:57:22 +0000

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