Robert Bowers, charged with Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, appears in court

In addition to the 11 victims, six people, including four police officers, were wounded before Bowers was arrested.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
October 29, 2018 18:24

Prosecutors vow 'justice' for PA synagogue victims, October 30, 2018 (Reuters)

Prosecutors vow 'justice' for PA synagogue victims, October 30, 2018 (Reuters)

Robert Bowers, the man charged with shooting 11 worshipers to death at a Pittsburgh synagogue, made his first court appearance on Monday before a federal judge.

Bowers has been charged with 29 criminal counts, including the violation of US civil rights laws in what federal prosecutors say was a hate crime. Several of the charges can be punishable by the death penalty. US Attorney Scott Brady said that Bowers was detained in jail without bond.

Bowers acknowledged the charges in court. The next hearing was set for Thursday, November 1.

The 46-year-old from Pittsburgh burst into the Tree of Life synagogue and opened fire during a Shabbat religious service. In addition to the 11 victims, six people, including four police officers, were wounded before Bowers was arrested.

That was the deadliest ever attack on America's Jewish community.

In addition to a history of posting virulent antisemitic messages on social media filled with slurs and conspiracy theories, Bower had an active firearms license and has made at least six known gun purchases since 1996.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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