Pittsburgh shooting: 11 killed, Trump calls for death penalty; top updates

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Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh public safety director, says the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue is being investigated as a hate crime. "We all pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded".

Hissrich called it "a very horrific crime scene" and said it is one of the worst he has seen, including some plane crashes. He said he believed Bowers was acting alone, adding: "We have no knowledge that he was known to law enforcement before today".

Trump acknowledged the weight these moments carry, telling reporters that experiencing such events as president, "it's a level of terribleness and horror that you can't even believe. Otherwise, we give them too much credit, we make them too important".

President Donald Trump denounced "a wicked act of mass murder", while his daughter Ivanka, a convert to Judaism, declared: "America is stronger than the acts of a depraved bigot and anti-Semite".

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Jones said Bowers was armed with an assault rifle and three handguns.

In a statement, Gab.com said it suspended the alleged gunman's account Saturday morning shortly after his name was mentioned on police radio chatter. He was hospitalized with multiple injuries but authorities said he was in "fine" condition. Victims taken to area hospitals included a 61-year-old woman, a 70-year-old man, and a 55-year-old officer. Authorities said it appears he acted alone. He surrendered after he was injured during an exchange of fire with the police. "I have noticed a change in people saying "illegals" that now say "invaders", read one post, six days before the shooting. "Screw your optics, I'm going in", he wrote.

But prior to the attack, Mr Bowers had posted anti-Semitic content on social network Gab under the username "onedingo". Bowers' anti-Semitism was tied to his xenophobia - he stated his belief that Jewish charities like Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society that assist refugees were part of a plot to facilitate an "invasion" of the United States.

The shooting began around 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, around the time the synagogue's Shabbat service was beginning.

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Police are normally only present at the synagogue for security on high holidays, Michael Eisenberg, former president of the synagogue, told KDKA. "Looks like multiple fatalities".

Prior to the FFA convention, Trump told reporters he was mulling over canceling a campaign rally in IL he had scheduled for later on Saturday, but later changed his mind.

"If they had some kind of protection inside the temple maybe it could have been different", Trump reiterated his well-known view on mass shooting, which has been criticised by rights bodies and political opponents.

Trump - who is in IL for a campaign rally ahead of key November midterm elections - did not provide details of his trip that comes in the wake of the fatal shooting, which he earlier dubbed an "evil Anti-Semitic attack" and an "assault on humanity".

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