SA Jewish Board of Deputies 'shocked' over Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

2018-10-27 21:39

WATCH: New footage shows armed men fleeing after Joburg M1 shootout

2018-10-25 12:21

New footage has emerged giving further insight into the shooting Johannesburg's M1 on Monday. Watch.WATCH

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has expressed shock over the shooting "of Jewish people" at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, leaving eight dead and many wounded.

"We mourn with the families of the victims and also with the American people. Our prayers are with the injured. The SAJBD condemns this heinous act of terror," the SAJBD wrote in a short statement on Saturday.

Suspect in custody

The Associated Press reported on Saturday that a suspect linked to the shooting at the Tree of Life congregation was in police custody. Police believe the middle-aged Caucasian man opened fire at the Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday during a baby-naming ceremony.

"A law enforcement official identified the suspect as Robert Bowers and said he is in his 40s," the source told Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Officials who had the neighbourhood on lockdown until the suspect was apprehended are investigating the shooting as a federal hate crime.

"The synagogue which was founded over 150 years ago was a very horrific crime scene. It was one of the worst that I've seen. It is very bad," Pittsburgh public safety director Wendell Hissrich told Associated Press.

US President Donald Trump and his deputy, Mike Pence, expressed shock and called for the death penalty, according to live CNN reports. 

ALSO READ: Pittsburgh synagogue shooter identified; Trump denounces 'hate' in America

Read more on:    pittsburgh  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.