UPDATE: Suspect In Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack Faces Preliminary Hearing Thursday

Charged with hate crime and firearms offences

Tuesday

The 46-year-old suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was pushed into a federal courtroom in a wheelchair Monday after being released from hospital where he was treated for bullet wounds he suffered in a gunfight with police after the fact.

He listened as the judge read out the 29 charges against him answering ‘Yes, Sir’ when asked several times if he understood what was being said.

The 46-year-old will be back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Meantime, there are reports the weapons used in Saturday’s attack, which left 11 people dead, had been purchased legally after the accused passed all background checks.

Monday

The accused in Saturday’s synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh could face the death penalty if convicted. He’s facing 29 charges – 11 of them gun-related, some are Hate Crime-related (obstruction of the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death and obstruction of the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer).

11 people were killed in the attack, six were wounded including two police officers and two SWAT officers.

The gunman himself suffered multiple gunshots wounds. He’s listed in fair condition at hospital.

Sunday 

Authorities have named all 11 people killed in a mass shooting that targeted worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue.

The victims range in age from 50 to 97; two brothers and a husband and wife are among the dead.

Authorities are treating the massacre as a hate crime as they investigate the suspect’s history of anti-Semitic online screeds.

Saturday 10pm

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with 29 counts of violence and firearms offences after today’s shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Eleven people were killed in the attack; six were wounded – four police officers among them.

It’s believed the suspect, a 46-year-old man, made anti-semitic remarks during the shootings. Police are investigating social media posts that had targetted the Jewish community.

A rifle and three handguns were recovered from the scene.

Saturday 12:30pm

Multiple casualties are reported in a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Police were called Saturday morning to the Tree of Life synagogue in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighbourhood after reports of an ‘active shooter’. Squirrel Hill is about ten minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and is described as a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood.

As many as 12 people have been killed or wounded, including some police officers.

Local reports say the suspect burst into the synagogue and indiscriminately fired in the building while shouting, “All Jews must die,”

On its website, The Tree of Life synagogue describes itself as a conservative congregation that is traditional, progressive and egalitarian.

Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement in response to the shooting:

“The shooting in Pittsburgh this morning is an absolute tragedy. I have spoken with local leaders and my administration and the Pennsylvania State Police will provide any resources to assist local law enforcement and first responders.

“These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans. My thoughts right now are focused on the victims, their families and making sure law enforcement has every resource they need.

“We must all pray and hope for no more loss of life. But we have been saying “this one is too many” for far too long. Dangerous weapons are putting our citizens in harm’s way.

“And in the aftermath of this tragedy, we must come together and take action to prevent these tragedies in the future. We cannot accept this violence as normal.”