Pittsburgh mayor opposes Trump's call to arm synagogues

Thousands of people attended a vigil in Pittsburgh Saturday evening for the victims of the shooting

Members of the Beth Sholom synagogue in Miami Beach join arms with each other on Sunday, October 28, 2018 during a "Time to Grieve", a service to remember victim of the mass shooting at Pittsburgh temple.

A mostly elderly group of 11 people were gunned down in the bloody assault on the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday morning by a shooter who said he "wanted all Jews to die", while six more were wounded in the attack.

Federal prosecutors charged him with 29 criminal counts including 11 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Jones said authorities do not yet know where and how Bowers obtained the AR-15 and three Glock.357 handguns used in the attack. He also prayed for God "to help us to extinguish the flames of hatred that develop in our societies, reinforcing the sense of humanity, respect for life and civil and moral values", according to the Associated Press.

The other victims included 75-year-old Joyce Fienberg of Oakland, 65-year-old Richard Gottfried of Ross Township, 66-year-old Jerry Rabinowitz of Edgewood and 69-year-old Irving Younger of Mt. Washington.

Another campaign prompted by the attack was started by an Iranian American living in Washington DC Shay Khatiri has raised so far more than $540,000 (Dh1.9m) that will go directly to the Tree of Life Synagogue. "The Jewish world is about one-half degree of separation generally - particularly in North America - one person from another".

Mr Bowers was taken to a hospital where he was listed in fair condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

Brothers Cecil, 59, (right) and David (left) Rosenthal 54, were both disabled and volunteered at the synagogue.

"When people do this, they should get the death penalty", Trump said at the campaign rally at the Southern Illinois Airport.

Chicago police did not receive any threats to the city or the vigil, but officers and K9s were deployed to the vigil to ensure a visible presence, officials said.

The two exchanged gunfire, he said, and Bowers reentered the building before a police tactical squad arrived.

Mr Bowers had made many anti-Semitic posts online, including one early on Saturday. The groups said they are partnering with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh to distribute the funds.

"If they had some kind of a protection inside the temple maybe it could have been a much more different situation, they didn't", he said when asked if there was any link to U.S. gun laws.

Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, told MPR News on Saturday that while the attack happened hundreds of miles from Minnesota, it hits close to home in the state's Jewish community. "I've heard the conversation over the past year about how we should arm security guards in our schools", Peduto said.

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