Christchurch mosque shooting adds to growing list of attacks in places of worship


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Christchurch mosque shooting adds to growing list of attacks in places of worship

The deadly shootings on Friday at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch are the latest attacks in places of worship.

The five most recent such attacks in the United States:

Tree of Life Synagogue

A gunman screamed anti-Semitic epithets as he opened fire on worshipers in the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Robert Bowers killed 11 and wounded six others gathered for Shabbat morning services on Oct. 27, 2019.   

People stand across the road from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand. After the reported shootings, local authorities warned people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.

Sutherland Springs Church

At a First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, a gunman killed 25 people, plus an unborn child, on Dec. 5, 2017. Devin Kelley later killed himself in the rural area outside of San Antonio.    

A memorial for the victims of the shooting at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church includes 26 white chairs, each painted with a cross and and rose, placed in the sanctuary Nov. 12, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Burnette Chapel

One woman died and seven others were wounded at an attack at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in the southeast Nashville neighborhood of Antioch. Emanuel Kidega Samson opened fire as Sunday services were ending on Sept. 24, 2017. 

Charleston Church

A gunman killed nine people gathered for Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015. Dylann Roof shot the victims at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church while they prayed. 

Wisconsin Sikh Temple

At a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, a shooter killed six people and wounded three others on Aug. 5, 2012. Wade Michael Page walked into the Oak Creek gurdwara and opened fire shortly before Sunday services were set to begin. 

Members of the Sikh temple of Wisconsin pray inside the place of worship Sunday, August, 12, 2012.This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Christchurch mosque shooting adds to growing list of attacks in places of worship

By: USA TODAY

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