11 killed in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre identified, including 97-year-old woman
Saturday morning, suspected gunman Robert Bowers, 46, invaded the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people before being taken into custody. During his brutal rampage, he allegedly talked about wanting to kill Jewish people and genocide.
His social media history is filled with anti-Semitism and racism. He was deep into conspiracy theories. His accounts have pictures of his guns and shooting targets, posted to Gab.com, a social media site where alt-right wingers and white nationalists frequently gather. Milo Yiannopoulos and Alex Jones are some of the site’s more well-known users, for example.
Bowers posted to his Gab account that he “can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in,” seemingly in reference to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HAIS), shortly before he attacked the synagogue.
While his account has since been deleted, some people grabbed screenshots of his alleged posts.