Pittsburgh Shooter IDENTIFIED, Social Media Accts Included Disturbing Content

On Saturday morning, a crazed gunman opened fire and killed eight people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The man also shot three police officers but was later neutralized once heavily-armed SWAT members arrived on scene and taken into custody.

Here’s more on the shooting incident, per ABC News:

“It’s a very horrific crime scene, it’s one of the worst that I’ve seen,” Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich told reporters during the press conference Saturday afternoon.

The suspect is in custody and has been taken to the hospital, Hissrich said, and it appears there is no longer an active threat to the community.

Because the incident happened at a synagogue, it is being treated as a federal hate crime and will be handled by the FBI with the assistance of local, county and state police, he added.

CBS Pittsburgh identified the shooter as Robert Bowers:

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller reports that a suspect, a heavy-set white male with a beard, has surrendered. The SWAT team had been talking with the suspect, and he was crawling and injured. It is unclear the extent of his injuries.

KDKA sources confirm to Andy Sheehan that the suspect is 48-year-old Robert Bowers. It is believed that he acted alone.

ABC News reports that President Trump addressed the shooting incident on his way to board Air Force One:

Speaking to reporters before boarding a flight for an event in Indiana, President Donald Trump called it “a shame,” calling the suspect “a wacko” and a “maniac.” He also said the suspect should “pay the ultimate price” and be subjected to the death penalty.

He said that before getting into office, he would think “what a shame, what a shame” when incidents like this one unfolded.

“It’s even tougher when you’re the president of the United States and you have to watch this thing happen,” Trump said.

Trump, Vice President Pence and White House Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed the incident online:

Other political figures on both sides of the aisle similarly addressed the tragedy and sympathized with those affected:

The city of Pittsburgh’s athletic teams also reached out to those affected:

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