Police arrested a man in Washington, D.C. with social media connections to Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers, according to CBS reporting. Bowers opened fire while yelling "kill all the Jews" on Oct. 27, killing 11 people, in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Thirty-year-old Jeffrey Clark reportedly appeared in federal court Tuesday. He is facing one federal count of unlawful possession of firearms by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance, in addition to one count in the District of Columbia of possessing high-capacity magazines.
Court papers allege that Clark was “friends” with Bowers. Clark reportedly posted a picture of Bowers on Gab.com, a website popular with the so-called alt-right and white supremacists, with language attached that insinuates a continuation of violence against Jewish communities: “This was a dry run for things to come.”
Clark’s arrest came after family told investigators that Clark was having outbursts. They also alleged that Clark said the shooting victims from the Tree of Life shooting “deserved it.”
Court documents said family members also told police that Clark defended the synagogue shooting suspect, and that he and his now-deceased brother had allegedly fantasized about killing blacks and Jews.
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Clark’s brother killed himself just hours after the synagogue shooting, authorities said.
The FBI last week reported a 37 percent spike in anti-Jewish hate crimes in 2017.