Eleven people were killed and six others were injured on Saturday when a gunman armed with an AR-15 and handguns opened fire in the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
When police rushed into the synagogue, they were met with gunfire.
The shooting is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jewish people in US history, the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement.
Here’s how the shooting unfolded, according to CNN.
Saturday, October 27, 9:49 a.m.: An anti-Semitic comment was posted on a social-media linked to Robert Bowers, the suspect in the shooting.
Bowers was reportedly a frequent poster on Gab, a relatively new social network that has attracted many on the far right.
“HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people,” Bowers wrote just before the shooting, according to an archive of his Gab posts, referring to the Jewish refugee-resettlement agency. “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
9:54 a.m.: Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center received a 911 call about an active shooter.
The call to the Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center came five minutes after the post on Gab.
9:55 a.m.: Two police cars were dispatched to the Tree of Life synagogue.
The police officers were told that one 911 caller had said they heard 20 to 30 shots from the lobby, CNN reported, citing radio traffic broadcast by the site Broadcastify.
Several other nearby officers said they were also responding, CNN reported.
9:59 a.m.: An officer said the shooter at Tree of Life was firing at them with an automatic weapon.
The officer identified himself by number and said he was in the area of the shooting, CNN reported.
“We’re under fire,” the officer said, per CNN. “He’s got an automatic weapon and firing at us from the synagogue.”
Moments later, another officer said one of her colleagues had been shot in the hand, and another officer called for a medic.
10 a.m.: A police officer said “every unit” needed to get to the synagogue.
The officer could be heard saying over the radio, “Every unit in the city needs to get here now,” CNN reported, adding that a dispatcher then called in a request to all available units.
10:02 a.m.: SWAT teams were called to the synagogue.
Officers at the scene called in a request for all available city and county SWAT teams, CNN reported.
10:11 a.m.: Officers discussed going into the synagogue.
One officer said there had been no gunfire since they arrived.
“Once we have the resources here, we should consider” going in, an officer said, according to CNN.
10:19 a.m.: An emergency-operations employee said 911 calls indicated the shooter entered through the lobby and opened fire.
People inside the synagogue ran from the shooter and were hiding in the building, CNN reported.
10:21 a.m.: Someone suggested the gunman may have been hit while exchanging gunfire with police.
10:25 a.m.: An officer described the suspect’s appearance.
The officer said that the suspect was wearing a green vest or jacket and that he had a weapon slung around his neck, CNN reported.
10:30 a.m.: The SWAT team entered the synagogue.
There were discussions a few minutes later about evacuating people inside and putting patrol officers by the front door, CNN reported, adding that one officer said they found a spent magazine from a Kalashnikov rifle in the synagogue’s hallway.
10:33 a.m.: Officers released a description of the suspect.
Officers described the gunman as a tall white man with short hair, wearing a light blue shirt and jeans, according to CNN.
One officer later said a person who was hiding in the synagogue described the gunman as unshaven and heavyset, wearing a coat.
10:36 to 10:43 a.m.: Officers started finding bodies.
A tactical officer found four bodies in the synagogue atrium, while another person was found alive, CNN reported.
Officers then found four more bodies. At 10:41 a.m., a victim who had a tourniquet was brought into an armoured vehicle for medical assistance.
10:53 a.m.: The gunman shot at officers.
An officer reported that a man had barricaded himself on the synagogue’s third floor and was firing at them, according to CNN.
One officer was shot, CNN reported, citing radio traffic.
11:03 a.m.: Police said they were negotiating with the gunman.
Police said that the gunman had an AR-15 and a handgun and that they were negotiating with him to come out of the barricaded area, according to CNN’s report.
“He’s been given orders to crawl out,” an officer said, per the report. “He’s not done it yet.”
Two more guns were found later, CNN reported, citing radio traffic.
11:04 a.m.: The suspect put his hands in view of the officers.
The gunman surrendered to police, crawling out of the room he barricaded himself in, according to CNN.
A few minutes later, he told police his name and age.
11:08 a.m.: The gunman identified his motive to officers.
The gunman told officers that “all these Jews need to die,” CNN reported, citing an officer on the radio.
8:05 p.m.: Bowers was charged with 29 federal charges, including several hate crimes.
US Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell signed a criminal complaint charging Bowers with 29 counts of federal crimes of violence and firearms offenses, according to the US attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady.
Bowers is facing 11 counts of obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, 11 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder, four counts of obstruction of exercise of religious belief resulting in bodily injury to a public-safety officer, and three counts of use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Sunday, October 28, 10 a.m.: The 11 people killed in Saturday’s shooting were identified.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said the youngest victim was David Rosenthal, 54, and the eldest was Rose Mallinger, 97.
Victims included a married couple, Bernice and Sylvan Simon, and two brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal.
The others killed were Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Jerry Rabinowitz, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger.
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