Trump, First Lady Receive Cheers From Hospital Workers in Pittsburgh

The suspect in a grisly shooting that left 11 people dead at a Pittsburgh synagogue was charged today in a 44-count indictment accusing him of federal hate crimes.

One count of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving use of a unsafe weapon and resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer.

Authorities allege Bowers opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue as three congregations gathered to celebrate Shabbat services Saturday morning, killing 11 people and injuring six others in what's believed to the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in USA history.

Members of Pittsburgh's grief-stricken Jewish community braced for another round of funerals Wednesday for victims of the synagogue massacre, a day after President Donald Trump encountered hundreds of protesters when he came to town to pay his respects.

Six people were injured in the attack, including four police officers, two of whom remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre is expected to make a brief appearance in federal court Thursday to be arraigned on a 44-count indictment.

The funerals for the victims began on Tuesday and are continuing through the rest of the week.

Bowers also faces prosecution at the state level.

"When people do this they should get the death penalty", the president said.

Carrying signs that read "President Hate, Leave Our State!" and "Trump, Renounce White Nationalism Now", the protesters gathered near the Tree of Life synagogue where the carnage unfolded on Saturday.

Pittsburgh police stand guard as pallbearers carry the casket of Irving Younger, 69, from Congregation Rodef Shalom after his funeral on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

"And they shouldn't have to wait years and years".

Funerals are ongoing for the victims who were killed after beginning Tuesday.

"We are Tree of Life and, as I said before to many, you can cut off some of the branches from our tree, but Tree of Life has been in Pittsburgh for 154 years". They locked in place as no one yet knew if the shooting was part of a broader, coordinated attack on Jews.

Sanders said Trump also spent time with the wife of one of the slain congregants, Richard Gottfried, 65.

Augie Siriano, a custodian at Tree of Life, said the couple often brought him chocolate chip cookies, and that Sylvan Simon liked to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team.

He was joined by First Lady Melania Trump, his daughter and son-in-law at the Tree of Life temple in Pittsburgh.

Several thousand protesters demonstrated in the streets during Trump's visit, contending that his rhetoric helped fuel the gunman's anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant views against a Jewish group that aids refugees arriving in the USA from overseas.

  • Rogelio Becker