October 27, 2018 / 10:13 PM / 9 months ago

Justice Department to file hate crime charges against Pittsburgh synagogue gunman

New York Police officers stand outside of the Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 27, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice will file hate crime and other criminal charges against the gunman who killed 11 worshippers and wounded six other people at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

The charges could lead to the death penalty, Sessions said in a statement.

“Hatred and violence on the basis of religion can have no place in our society,” Sessions said. “These alleged crimes are reprehensible and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation.”

Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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