U.S. Attorney Scott Brady says federal prosecutors are seeking approval to pursue the death penalty against Bowers, reported the Associated Press.
Brady says he has begun the process to get Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approval as required by law to pursue a capital case against Bowers.
The attack went on for about 20 minutes and the FBI is treating the shooting as a hate crime.
“Members of the Tree of Life synagogue conducting a peaceful service were brutally murdered in their place a worship by a gunman targeting them simply because of their faith,” Bob Jones, of the FBI, said.
Criminal homicide charges have been filed against a man accused of killing 11 people and injuring several others inside a Squirrel Hill synagogue on Saturday.
Police say 46-year-old Robert Bowers walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue yelling anti-Semitic slurs and shooting at worshipers while three separate services were taking place.
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office has now filed charges against the alleged gunman, which include 11 counts of criminal homicide, along with six counts of attempted homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.
Investigators say Bowers was armed with an AR-15 and three handguns. All four weapons were used in the shooting.
Bowers exchanged gunfire with police before he was subdued and taken to the hospital. He has undergone surgery and is under guard at the hospital.
Four officers were among the injured. One officer was released from the hospital on Saturday and a second was released Sunday. According to Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert, the other two officers will require further treatment.
According to court paperwork, Bowers made statements to police “that he wanted all Jews to die and also that they were committing genocide to his people.”
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