Incident Summary:

10/27/2018: An assailant opened fire on a baby-naming ceremony at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. At least eleven people were killed and seven other people, including the assailant and four police officers, were injured in the assault and ensuing 20-minute siege with police. Robert D. Bowers claimed responsibility before the attack on social media platform Gab, stating "I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I'm going in." Sources also noted that Bowers shouted "all Jews must die" during the incident and that he had a history of anti-Semitic rhetoric on social media.



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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Squirrel Hill area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Tree of Life Synagogue
Specific Description Synagogue
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and three Glock .357-caliber semi-automatic handguns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Joyce Feinberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Semitic extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 11
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 7
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"10 people killed in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, official says," CNN, October 27, 2018.
"11 killed, six injured in ‘horrific’ shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue," New York Post, October 27, 2018.
"Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims Identified," WKMS 91.3 FM, October 28, 2018.