US Muslim groups raise tens of thousands for synagogue shooting victims

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect charged with murder, could face death penalty

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect charged with murder, could face death penalty

SWAT police officers respond after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 27, 2018.

Robert Bowers, who has a history of posting anti-Semitic material online, was charged under federal hate crime statutes, and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Dina Winer from The Meeting Place Dialogue Group told The Jerusalem Post, "Whenever there's a terrorist attack in Israel, we meet in Zion Square and it's especially sad for us that we have to do this for an attack that took place in America". He has been hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds but will appear before a federal judge on Monday. On Saturday, Mr. Trump called on the country to come together to fight hate crimes and said, "It will require all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism".

US President Donald Trump condemned the attack, calling it a "wicked act of mass murder", that is "pure evil", and "something that is unimaginable". Aaron said she still has close ties to the area and knows one of the two worshippers injured in the rampage.

"Honestly I think this president's whole modus operandi is to divide us". "We will not try to rationalise irrational behaviour, we will not find ways to lessen it", he said.

Chicago police did not receive any threats to the city or the vigil, but officers and K9s were deployed to the vigil to ensure a visible presence, officials said.

Messages of solidarity were shared throughout the day Sunday.

Trump also told reporters he planned to travel to Pittsburgh this week. The youngest of the victims was Cecil's brother David Rosenthal, 54, who also had an intellectual disability.

Vanessa Ressler was taken aback Sunday when her 8-year-old daughter Micah asked her a very hard question - "Mommy, could that happen here?"

The "Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue" campaign, hosted by the Muslim crowdfunding site LaunchGood, aimed to raise funds to support the shooting victims with funeral expenses and medical bills.

Pittsburgh police said in an arrest affidavit made public early Sunday that Robert Gregory Bowers killed eight men and three women in the Tree of Life Synagogue before a tactical police team tracked him down and shot him.

The pair exchanged gunfire, Mr Jones said, and Mr Bowers re-entered the building before a SWAT team arrived.

News of the attack spread quickly through the surrounding neighborhood.

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

"What was going through my mind was people who were going to walk, or children who run in front of their parents, behind their parents, people in wheelchairs, in strollers", he said.

The Department of Justice charged the suspect with 11 counts of criminal homicide, and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.

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