Melania Trump on Pittsburgh shooting: ‘The violence needs to stop’

Melania Trump on Pittsburgh shooting: ‘The violence needs to stop’
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOnly Trump can fix vaccine hesitancy among his supporters Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover MORE responded to the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday that left multiple people dead, saying “the violence needs to stop.”

“My heart breaks over the news out of #Pittsburgh. The violence needs to stop. May God bless, guide & unite the United States of America,” she tweeted.

The suspected shooter, identified in media reports as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, reportedly shouted "all Jews must die" before he allegedly opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

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Police spokesman Chris Togneri said that three officers were shot and police were clearing the building. The medical status of the officers who were shot was not immediately clear.

“Anyone who does a thing like this to innocent people … they should really pay the ultimate price,” President Trump told reporters before departing for a scheduled rally in Illinois, adding that the U.S. should “stiffen up our laws in terms of the death penalty.”

The president also suggested that an armed guard could have stopped the shooter, saying, “This is a case where if they had an armed guard inside they would have been able to stop him immediately,” adding that Saturday's shooting had "little to do" with gun laws.

The shooting caps off a tumultuous week after authorities on Friday arrested and charged a Florida man, Cesar Sayoc Jr., with allegedly mailing explosive devices to a number of Democrats and former government officials who have exchanged criticism with Trump.