PITTSBURGH - A 97-year-old woman, two brothers in their 50s and a married couple in their 80s were among the 11 worshippers shot dead at a Pittsburgh synagogue during Sabbath prayers in the deadliest attack ever on America's Jewish community, officials said on Sunday (Oct 28).
The names of the dead were released a day after a gunman, armed with an assault rifle and three handguns, stormed the Tree of Life temple in the city's heavily Jewish Squirrel Hill neighborhood yelling "All Jews must die" as he opened fire on the congregation.
In addition to the 11 mostly elderly victims who were killed, six people, including four police officers, were wounded before the suspect was arrested.
Robert Bowers, who has a history of posting anti-Semitic material online, was charged under federal hate crime statutes, and could face the death penalty if convicted.
"The fact that this attack took place during a worship service makes it even more heinous," US Attorney Scott Brady said. Brady told a news conference that Bowers was to make his first court appearance on Monday afternoon before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.
The Squirrel Hill area was home to the late Fred Rogers whose long-running children's television show Mr Rogers Neighborhood featured lessons on friendship and kindness.
Five of the dead were from Squirrel Hill and the rest were from other parts of Pittsburgh.
The mass shooting sparked security alerts at houses of worship around the country and condemnation from politicians and religious leaders.