Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Unfolded Blocks From Mister Rogers' Home

Playing Pittsburgh Shooting Was Just Blocks From Mister Rogers’ Home

The horrific massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue unfolded just blocks from the real home of Fred Rogers, host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Rogers lived in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh until he died in 2003 at the age of 74. Inside Edition spoke to one of Rogers' sons, John, who said his father would be devastated by Saturday's shooting. 

"I was definitely shocked," John said. "But of course these things could happen anywhere. I'm so sorry it happened in the neighborhood that I grew up in."

He added: "My thoughts and prayers are with them, as I'm sure my dad's are as well up in heaven."

Suspect Robert Bowers, 46, faces dozens of charges for opening fire at the synagogue with an AR-15-style rifle, killing 11 people. According to the criminal complaint against him, Bowers allegedly told a SWAT officer he "wanted all Jews to die."

Actor Tom Hanks, who plays Rogers in a new movie that's shooting in Pittsburgh, had his own message for the community, posting a photo on Twitter of a banner reading, "Love thy neighbor. No exceptions."

"To me this photo is the spirit of Pittsburgh- with a broken heart for those in Squirrel Hill," he wrote.

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