Community gatherings planned in Milwaukee following Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

An ambulance arrives at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire Saturday Oct. 27 2018 injuring multiple people including three police officers

In the wake of the tragic mass shooting at a synagogue in his city that left 11 people dead and six others wounded, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto balked at President Trump's statement that the massacre could have been prevented if the house of worship had employed an armed guard.

Members of the Beth Sholom synagogue in Miami Beach join arms with each other on Sunday, October 28, 2018 during a "Time to Grieve", a service to remember victim of the mass shooting at Pittsburgh temple.

KDKA television in Pittsburgh cited police sources as saying Bowers walked into the building and yelled "All Jews must die". The suspected shooter has been charged on 29 federal counts.

Daniel, 18, from Los Angeles and a gap year student at the Hartman Institute Hevruta program told the Post he wanted to do something to show his solidarity with the people of Pittsburgh.

An initial appearance in federal court is scheduled for Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

"We would hope and we should all demand that those in elected office won't just, you know, give platitudes after the fact", Greenblatt said.

The Tree of Life Synagogue, whose congregation was founded more than 150 years ago, is located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood that is historically the heart of Jewish life in greater Pittsburgh.

He said authorities believed the suspect entered the synagogue, murdered the worshippers and was leaving when he encountered a uniformed police officer. Bowers' virulent anti-Semitic views were evident in prolific online postings.

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"You have to talk to them in a way they understand", he said.

Two hours before a gunman burst into the Tree of Life synagogue and opened fire during a Shabbat religious service, Bowers posted on chat site Gab.com about the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a non-profit that helps Jewish refugees relocate to the United States.

A tactical team found Bowers on the third floor, where he shot two officers multiple times, an affidavit said.

"I think people in my community are scared right now".

He also called the shooting a wicked act of pure evil, called on Americans to rise above hate, and ordered USA flags at the White House and public buildings to be flown at half-staff.

Numerous speakers also addressed violence in Chicago, including last week's attack that injured six people leaving a funeral on the South Side. His family is going to miss him terribly and I am going to miss him.

The Islamic Center Of Pittsburgh offered its deepest sympathy and condolences, and called on its community to donate blood.

It was the deadliest attack against the Jewish community on U.S. soil, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights group that tracks antisemitism.

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