Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victim just became a grandpa

Des Moines’ Jewish Community Plans Vigil After Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Melvin Wax was the first to arrive at New Light Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighbourhood - and the last to leave.

"The best thing we can do, no matter what age we are, is to go about living our lives proudly as Jews, and the essence of that is connecting to community", Jacobs said.

"This was a large, complex crime scene and much work remains to be done", Jones said.

"Honestly I think this president's whole modus operandi is to divide us".

The campaign's organizers did not immediately return a call from CBS News.

He said authorities believed the suspect entered the synagogue, murdered the worshippers and was leaving when he encountered a uniformed police officer.

Gibbons pointed out the Rabinowitz family was on their way to Pittsburgh on Sunday to attend services in honor of the event.

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. The youngest of the victims was Cecil's brother David Rosenthal, 54, who also had an intellectual disability.

Vanessa Ressler was taken aback Sunday when her 8-year-old daughter Micah asked her a very hard question - "Mommy, could that happen here?" During the shooting, a bris ― a Jewish circumcision ceremony for an infant boy ― was reportedly taking place at the Tree of Life synagogue.

The six people injured included four police officers, one of whom was released later Saturday and another "we are praying will be released today", Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said.

Bowers was taken to a hospital where he was listed in fair condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

News of the attack spread quickly through the surrounding neighborhood.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said the outcome might have been different if the synagogue "had some kind of protection" from an armed guard, while Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, up for re-election, noted that once again "dangerous weapons are putting our citizens in harm's way".

"For one community that's feeling threatened to reach out to another community that's also feeling threatened... hopefully it will inspire other people around the country and around the world to engage in similar action", he said.

About half of the congregants at Beth Shalom do not drive on the Sabbath, he said.

Bowers is charged with 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.

In a statement, Gab.com confirmed the profile belonged to Mr Bowers and also said it had suspended the account and contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation about it.

Bowers had made many anti-Semitic posts online, including one early on Saturday.

"I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered", Bowers allegedly wrote before the shooting.

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