by Kaya Garza
Image via AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
Saturday, around 10am, an anti-Semitic terrorist attack was perpetrated against a Jewish congregation at Pittsburgh Tree Of Life synagogue.
Robert Bowers, the gunman armed with a AR-15-style assault rifle as well as a handgun, yelled “All Jews must die!” before opening fire at 9:45 a.m..
Eleven people died and six were wounded. Among those who died was Rose Mallinger, a Holocaust survivor.
“As of [Sunday morning], a 61-year-old woman is in stable condition, a 70-year-old man is in critical condition, a 55-year-old male police officer is in stable condition, and a 40-year-old male officer is in critical condition at UPMC Presbyterian,” the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported. “At UPMC Mercy, a 27-year-old male officer is in stable condition. Another male officer has already been released.”
Multiple police officers were injured in the effort to stop Bowers from leaving the synagogue, and were among the wounded taken to the nearest hospital.
After around twenty minutes, police asked Bowers to surrender. He is currently in police custody.
Among those who lost their lives:
Joyce Fienberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Rose Mallinger, 97
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66,
Brothers Cecil Rosenthal, 59, and David Rosenthal, 54
Married couple Bernice Simon, 84, and Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Younger, 69
A vigil was held Sunday to honor them.
“Maybe if people couldn’t just get AR-15’s, things like this wouldn’t happen,” said Kat Pinheiro. “We need better gun laws. Not better security at a synagogue.”