Police have identified 46-year-old Robert Bowers as the shooter in the murders at synagogue in Squirrel Hill, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, reports both CBS News and local affiliate KDKA.
The white male suspect Bowers has a long history of anti-Semitic sentiment online, according to reports, and a GAB account has been attributed to him by multiple reporters on Twitter. When Bowers began his killing spree, he reportely shouted ‘all Jews must die’.
Among his purported social media postings were his statements that Donald Trump is “controlled by the Jews”. He also sent a message before attacking the synagogue today.
KDKA Pittsburgh says the heavy-set Bowers surrendered to police while crawling on his belly. KDKA is still reporting the death toll at eight.