At least 10 dead in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

At least 10 dead in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

At least 10 dead in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

The incident began just before 10 a.m. ET on Saturday when officers were called to reports of a shooting at the synagogue, which is located at 5898 Wilkins Avenue.

Police responded to the scene at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, and engaged with an active shooter and warned people to stay indoors.

USA media said he had shouted "All Jews must die" as he carried out the attack.

A suspect has surrendered after a tense standoff with SWAT, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

Large numbers of congregants were present at the synagogue for Shabbat services. The suspect was injured.

The president repeatedly referred to the synagogue shooter, identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, as a "wacko", a "maniac" and "crazy".

"I just feel terrible for all those people inside", Finkelstein told the TV station.

Bowers' page, which has since been deleted, had a post hours before the shooting that read "screw your optics".

HIAS is a nonprofit that describes itself as "helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and sanity".

US President Trump, speaking at Joint Base Andrews following the shooting, praised the actions of law enforcement for doing "an outstanding job". "We're still communicating with him", said one officer on the dispatch audio.

Anyone who observes any suspicious behavior is asked to alert law enforcement immediately by calling 888-NYC-SAFE. The synagogue is in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood with a heavily Jewish population, AP reported.

So far police have confirmed that there were multiple fatalities and six people were wounded, including four police officers.

The congregation had worked with the Department of Homeland Security to evaluate its exit routes, he said, and consulted a securities expert at the Jewish Federation about what to do in an active shooter situation.

And President Donald Trump tweeted that the event was "far more devastating than originally thought".

The governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, who traveled to the scene of the shooting, tweeted: "This is an absolute tragedy".

A man yelling "all Jews must die" burst into a Pittsburgh synagogue during Sabbath services Saturday, shooting indiscriminately and killing congregants in the latest mass shooting in the United States.

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