Robert Bowers, 46, has been identified as the suspect in Saturday’s “horrific” mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, according to a law enforcement official.
Police have Bowers in custody after the rampage that has resulted in at least 10 fatalities and six injuries, according to the Associated Press. Four of the six injured were police officers, three of whom were shot, according to the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department.
Bowers allegedly burst into the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and screamed, “All Jews must die!”, among other anti-Semitic epithets, as he opened fire on the congregants, according to the law enforcement official.
The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said the suspect was armed with at least one rifle.
The official said the suspect left an alleged trail of anti-Semitic rants on social media accounts, prompting authorities to designate the FBI as the lead agency to investigate the attack as an alleged hate crime.
“It’s a very horrific crime scene,” Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said at a news conference. “It’s one of the worst I’ve seen.”
Teams of armed police swarmed the neighborhood near downtown Pittsburgh just before 10 a.m. Saturday. Residents were urged to shelter in place as armed law enforcement agents canvassed the neighborhood.