(myCommunity.com) 11 people die in hate attack to a synagogue in the United States. Eleven people were killed and six wounded when a man opened fire at a synagogue in the city of Pittsburgh on Saturday, in what appears to be one of the worst anti-Semitic attacks in US history.
President Donald Trump described the attack as a "deranged act of mass murder", denouncing the climate of "hatred" in the country and the world.
"There should be no tolerance for anti-Semitism," he said.
The attacker broke into the Tree of Life synagogue during a ceremony for the birth of a baby. After a confrontation with the forces of order, he was arrested and sent to a hospital.
"It is probably the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States," said Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the main American anti-semitism association.
Pittsburgh public safety director Wendell Hissrich told a news conference that 11 people were killed and six wounded, including four police officers. No child was killed.
He had an assault rifle and at least three pistols, according to the authorities.
Hissrich had previously described the scene of the shooting as "terrible".
The attacker was identified by authorities as Rob Bowers, a Pittsburgh resident of 46 years whose online publications were replete with anti-Semitic comments.
Running down the stairs
Bowers entered the local 10H00 in the synagogue, where dozens of people celebrated the Jewish Sabbath rest day. According to local media, he shouted: "All Jews must die."
Stephen Weiss, a member of the congregation who was at the scene, told the local Tribune Review that he heard a dozen shots coming from the entrance.
"We had the service (religious) in the chapel when we heard a loud noise in the lobby area." I recognized him as shooting, "said the man from 60 years, who immediately fled.
A woman at the scene told CNN that her daughter was with other people who ran down the stairs and barricaded themselves in the basement of the synagogue after hearing the shots. "They are safe," he told the network.
Police cordoned off the building, which was surrounded by patrol cars, ambulances and a SWAT police team.
"This deranged act of mass murder is pure evil, hard to believe and, frankly, something unimaginable," Trump said at a rally in Indiana for the November 6 legislative elections.
Earlier he had said that "something must be done" to avoid this type of crime, proposing to toughen the legislation on the death penalty against the perpetrators of attacks on places of worship.
His daughter Ivanka, converted to Judaism, deplored what he called a "depraved" attack, and Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, condemned an "attack on freedom of worship."
"Horrible anti-Semitic brutality"
German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced "blind anti-Semitic hatred" and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his sorrow and solidarity with the United States, condemning "this horrendous anti-Semitic brutality".
France, Canada and the UN also condemned the attack.
The shooting comes at a time of sharp tensions in the United States, a day after a fervent Florida Trump supporter was arrested and accused on Friday of sending 13 bombs to opponents of the US president, in a case that injects further pressure on the president. country a few days away from the crucial legislative elections.
Trump, who has been accused of feeding the divisions with his rhetoric, considered for a moment suspending a campaign event on Saturday afternoon, but finally decided to keep it.
It is the latest shooting incident in the United States, where firearms are linked to more than 30.000 annual deaths.
Hate crimes have increased in the United States in recent years.
Those anti-Semitic episodes multiplied last year, when they increased 57%, from 1.256 to 1.986, according to the ADL.
The Tree of Life synagogue, founded more than 150 years ago, is in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, the heart of Jewish life in this city in the state of Pennsylvania.
According to a study by the Brandeis University of 2017, more than 80% of the residents of the neighborhood said they had some concern or were very concerned about the increase in anti-Semitism.
The NYPD said it was deploying heavy weapons teams in houses of worship throughout the city in response to the Pittsburgh attack.