Officials say 11 people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Six others were hurt in the incident, including four police officers.
U.S. President Donald Trump describes the “wicked act of mass murder” as “pure evil”.
“This was an anti-Semitic act,” Trump said. “You wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day and age, but we just don’t seem to learn from the past.”
As you know, earlier today there was a horrific shooting targeting and killing Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The shooter is in custody, and federal authorities have been dispatched to support state and local police… pic.twitter.com/WqO7GfPyMT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2018
“Our minds cannot comprehend the cruel hate and the twisted malice that could cause a person to unleash such terrible violence during a baby-naming ceremony.”
The suspect has been identified by local media outlets as 46-year-old Robert Bowers.
He is reportedly facing more than two dozen charges, including multiple counts of hate crimes.