Eleven People Killed in Synagogue Massacre

Eleven People Killed in Synagogue Massacre

A. Currens, Staff Writer

11 people were killed and six injured in a Pittsburgh Synagogue Oct. 27, the man who committed the shootings was later identified as 46-year-old Robert D. Bowers. He carried the shootings out with one AR-15 assault rifle and three handguns.

The New York Times reported that Bowers ran into the Synagogue and started to open fire, he continued to shoot for several minutes before stopping and attempting to walk out of the building. He was then confronted by police and exchanged fire with them. He stopped and barricaded himself on the third floor of the building, but he eventually surrendered to the police.

Bowers was taken to Allegheny Hospital to be treated for wounds he sustained from the firefight. Later he was convicted of 29 criminal counts including: obstructing the free exercises of religious beliefs, hate crime, and using a firearm to commit murder. Bowers has also been seen on social media posting anti-Semitic phrases.

      Robert Jones, an F.B.I. special agent, stated in an interview with The New York Times that the Synagogue was in the midst of a “peaceful service” when congregants were gunned down and “brutally murdered by a gunman targeting them simply because of their faith.”

   The victims of the shooting include Daniel Stain, Joyce Feinberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, husband and wife Bernice and Sylvia Simon, Melvin Wax, Irving Younger. Many of the families of these people were devastated by the shooting.