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Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting: Full Story & Must-See Details

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UPDATE: According to reports, a suspect, described as “a white male with a beard”, was taken into custody for his involvement in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in Squirrel Hill. The suspect was reportedly injured when he surrendered after exchanging gunfire with police.

While a motive and identity have yet to be released, there are reports that the suspect expressed anti-Semetic views as heard on the police scanner.

"All these Jews need to die," gunman shouts at police on scene at #Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Anti-Semitism alive and kicking, the epitome of evil.

— Julie Lenarz (@MsJulieLenarz) October 27, 2018


Original Story: Reports surfaced Saturday morning of an active shooting near The Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A heavy police presence was spotted in the area, though few details were immediately made available.

There are reported mass casualties.

At least four people have been reported dead, possibly as many as 7 to 8 could be dead, according to KDKAWHNT-15 reports officials say four people are dead on the main floor and three in the basement of the building, with multiple other injuries.

The synagogue was preparing for a service at the time police received calls that members of the congregation were barricaded inside.

Ed Davis: “This is the worst case scenario, where you have people worshipping at a religious ceremony and someone enters and uses a firearm to injure and kill people.” https://t.co/7o3SyKywUb pic.twitter.com/9Bs5UBlYEp

— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 27, 2018

Police reportedly exchanged gunfire with the suspected gunman, with three officers getting wounded.

BREAKING: Suspect in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue is in custody, according to Pittsburgh police. Three officers were shot, and multiple casualties. https://t.co/5FjPA5h1Ia pic.twitter.com/an5UiyHqhg

— ABC News (@ABC) October 27, 2018

Members of the congregation have been rescued, while efforts to rescue others continue.

“There is an active shooter in the area of WILKINS and Shady,” the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department said in a tweet. “Avoid the area. More info will be released when it is available.”

#BREAKING: Police are responding to a reported active shooter at a #Pittsburgh synagogue, according to our CBS affiliate @KDKA.

More info to come. pic.twitter.com/wf8JoW474b

— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 27, 2018

From BNONews:

Witnesses who called 911 said the gunman walked into the synagogue and opened fire, but other details were not immediately known. Police were searching the building as of 10:45 a.m. to evacuate those trapped.

According to initial reports, multiple people have been shot, but the exact number was not immediately known. There is also no word on the status of the shooter, who was last reported to still be inside the building.

“It is imperative that the neighbors in the community surrounding the Tree of Life synagogue stay in their houses and shelter in place,” Pittsburgh Police Cmdr. Jason Lando said, via CNN. “Do not come out of your home right now. It is not safe.”

Carnegie Mellon University, which is near the synagogue, has issued a lockdown.


Where Is The Tree Of Life Synagogue?

Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha is a traditional, progressive and egalitarian Jewish congregation located in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

The website states, “Tree of Life Congregation was founded more than 150 years ago, Or L’Simcha about 5 years ago. In 2010, the two Pittsburgh congregations merged to form Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha. As a conservative Jewish congregation, Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha remains true to traditional teachings, yet is also progressive and relevant to the way we live today.”

The synagogue is located on the corner of Wilkins and Shady Avenue.


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