Police tape is viewed around the area on October 28, 2018 outside the Tree of Life Synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018. (AFP / Brendan Smialowski)
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A gunman faces 29 charges of violent crimes after opening fire during a baby-naming ceremony at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday, killing 11 people and injuring six in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent U.S. history.Authorities said Bowers was armed with an assault rifle and at least three handguns when he opened fire shortly before 10:00 a.m. – leaving a scene described as "horrific" by Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh's public safety director.The United States is witnessing a sharp spike in anti-Semitic incidents, surging 57 percent from 2016 to 2017, to 1,986 from 1,267, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights group which has tracked anti-Semitism in the United States since the 1970s.The ADL said it believes the Pittsburgh shooting to be the deadliest such attack in U.S. history.Trump has been accused of fueling hate with divisive rhetoric.German Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed an act of "blind anti-Semitic hatred".The Tree of Life Synagogue, whose congregation was founded more than 150 years ago, is located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood that is historically the heart of Jewish life in greater Pittsburgh.A 2017 Brandeis University study found that more than 80 percent of its residents were concerned about rising anti-Semitism.
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