Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty For Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Robert Bowers on Saturday morning opened fire inside of a Pittsburgh synagogue killing 11 people and wounding four officers.
According to USA Today, Scott Brady, the U.S. attorney for the western district of Pennsylvania is awaiting approval from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to proceed with a capital punishment case against the 46-year-old man.
Brady said a search of Bowers’ vehicle and apartment, about 10 miles south of where the Tree of Life Congregation is located, was underway.
On Saturday morning (Oct. 27) Bowers reportedly entered the church, which was founded in 2010, spewing anti-semantic rhetoric while firing off rounds from an AR-15 assault rifle. It’s said Bowers also had three Glock .357 handguns. Before surrendering to police, Bowers killed 11 men and women and wounded four officers during a shootout. He was later taken to a local hospital for a gunshot wound.
The names of the victims are Joyce Fienberg, 75; Richard Gottfried,65; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Cecil Rosenthal, 59; David Rosenthal, 54; Bernice Simon, 84; Sylvan Simon, 86; Daniel Stein, 71; Melvin Waxn, 88; Rose Malinger, 97; and Irving Younger, 69.
President Donald Trump is quoted as supporting Brady’s decision. “When people do this, they should get the death penalty. And they shouldn’t have to wait years and years.”
Bowers faces 29 charges, including 11 federal hate-crime charges and another 11 using a firearm to kill which carry a maximum penalty to kill. Bowers is scheduled to appear in front a judge today (Oct. 29) The first few funerals will reportedly take place on Tuesday, while other families are waiting for law enforcement to continue with the investigation to bury their loved ones.