October 27, 2018, 46 year old Robert Gregory Bowers walked into Tree of Life, yelled anti semitic remarks and opened fire, tragically killing 11 people and injuring 7 others.
Bowers shot at the officers until he surrendered. He and two SWAT officers were injured in the gun fight.
This shooting is the deadliest attack on Jewish people in U.S. history.
Before the shooting, Bowers used the social media app Gab to attack Jewish people. He complained that the president was surrounded by too many Jewish people and posted pictures of his handguns. Minutes before the shooting, he logged into Gab and said “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
Bowers could be sentenced to life in prison or to death.
The church lost 11 precious lives, including a married couple, a well known physician and two brothers.