PITTSBURGH, PA (WCMH) – A fundraiser led by American Muslim groups has raised more than $160,000 for the victims of a shooting massacre at a Jewish temple in Pittsburgh.
Eleven people were killed and six more were injured Saturday morning at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
The alleged gunman, 46-year-old truck driver Robert Gregory Bowers, was released from the hospital Monday where he was treated for wounds suffered in a gun battle with police. Hours later he was wheeled into a downtown federal courtroom in handcuffs to face charges.
A LaunchGood campaign, called Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue Victims, was started to help the victims of the attack. LaunchGood is a Muslim-focused crowdfunding site.
The campaign raised more than $150,000 in the first 50 hours.
Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate and violence in America. We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event,” the campaign website said.
The organizer said the money will go toward the immediate, short-term needs of the injured victims and grieving families, including funeral expenses and medical bills.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.