The suspect identified as Robert Bowers, 46, was arrested after a shootout with a SWAT team. US Federal prosecutors charged him with multiple criminal counts including violence and firearms offenses, and violating US civil rights laws, Reuters reported Sunday.
"The actions of Robert Bowers represent the worst of humanity. We are dedicating the entire resources of my office to this federal hate crime investigation and prosecution," US attorney for western Pennsylvania Scott Brady told reporters, cited by Reuters.
The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania said in a separate statement that the suspected gunman in Pittsburgh had been charged with 29 criminal counts.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday that the suspect will face charges that may could lead to the death penalty. FBI official Robert Allan Jones said at the briefing on Saturday the suspect was armed with what appeared to be an assault rifle and at least three handguns.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement late on Saturday that he was "heartbroken and appalled by the murderous attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue" and offered condolences to the families of victims of the attack, expressing solidarity to the Jewish community in the US city. The prime minister was joined by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, the speaker of the country’s parliament.
US President Donald Trump on Saturday pledged to visit the city of Pittsburgh, but did not provide an exact time for the visit.