Synagogue Shooter Robert Bowers Left Twitter, Social Media Trail Hinting at Motives
Suspect in PA Synagogue Shooting posted anti Semitic remarks about Jews and immigrants
October 29, 2018
Robert Bowers' Facebook page says that he is from Turtle Creek PA, and lives in Versailles PA. He has 310 Facebook friends.
His Twitter account @onedingo, rants about “Hebrew Immigration Aid Society” or HIAS, a 60-year-old Jewish refugee agency that brings in refugees including Syrians, to the United States.
Bowers' Gab.com social media profile was registered in January 2018 under the handle onedingo, and the account's description was: "jews are the children of satan. (john 8:44) --- --- the lord jesus christ is come in the flesh". The cover picture was a photo with the number 1488, which is used by neo-Nazis and white supremacists to evoke David Lane's "Fourteen Words" slogan and the Nazi slogan Heil Hitler.
Bowers had published one post that referenced the white genocide conspiracy theory. He also reposted content by other anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi, and Holocaust-denying users, and criticized President Donald Trump for being a "globalist, not a nationalist" and for supposedly being controlled and surrounded by Jews.
After the shooting, Gab deleted Bowers' profile.
A month before the attack, Bowers posted photos showing the results of his target practice, and a photo of his three handguns, calling them his "glock family". In the post, he identified the .357-caliber handguns as Glock 31, Glock 32, and Glock 33.
Bowers reportedly made anti-Semitic posts directed at the HIAS National Refugee Shabbat in the weeks before the shooting. Among other things, Bowers is reported to have claimed that Jews were aiding members of Central American caravans moving towards the United States border, referring to members of such caravans as "invaders".
Shortly before the attack, in an apparent reference to immigrants to the United States, Bowers posted on Gab that "HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I'm going in".
KDKA's Meghan Schiller reports that Bowers, a heavy-set white male with a beard, 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 Sheehan that the suspect is 48-year-old Robert Bowers. It is believed that he acted alone.
A gunman at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh killed eleven praying people this morning, and wounded a dozen more before police arrived and shot him. "All Jews must die!" The shooter shouted as he walked in.
Active Shooter in Squirrel Hill Synagogue Pittsburgh PA
Law enforcement rushed to Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue around 10 a.m. Saturday.
Police confirmed there have been multiple casualties, WPXI reported.
Update 11:20 a.m. EDT Oct. 27: Police confirm that the suspect, who was injured during a firefight with police, has surrendered. Among the haunted were three police officers.
Squirrel Hill is an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. The shooting occurred in the basement of the Synagogue. Nearby Carnegie Mellon University was locked down.
Shabbat is the most heavily attended Synagogue.