Active Shooter Situation in Pittsburgh: "Multiple Casualties" Reported

27 October, 2018, 22:38 | Author: Carlos George
  • The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh Pa

As per reports, the gunman has surrendered to the police on scene.

The comment was posted on Gab, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based social networking service created as an alternative to Twitter. A quote on the top of his page said, "jews are the children of satan". "I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered", the post reads. "Screw your optics, I'm going in". The name of the merged community is Tree of Life-Or L'Simcha.

KDKA's Andy Sheehan says police sources informed him the gunman walked into the building and yelled, "All Jews Must die".

According to KDKA, four people are dead, possibly as many as 7 or 8 after the active shooting at the synagogue.

A police spokesman addressing reporters at the scene confirmed "multiple casualties" and said three officers where shot before the shooter was taken into custody. The conditions of the officers were not immediately known.

With both the death toll and details of the synagogue's security still to be officially disclosed, Trump said gun control "has little to do with it" but "if they had protection inside, the results would have been far better".

CNN broadcast footage of police cars, ambulances and a police SWAT team outside the place of worship.

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Eight people were killed after a man opened fire on a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, CBS News reported on Saturday.

Shabbat services at Tree of Life are usually led by Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, according to the synagogue's website.

The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department said in a tweet: 'There is an active shooter in the area of WILKINS and Shady. He said police are normally deployed only on High Holy Days - the holiest annual Jewish religious holidays.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defemation League, called the shooting an "anti-Semitic attack".

Such episodes almost doubled previous year, reflecting a nationwide spike in anti-Semitism, when incidents increased 57 percent, to 1,986, from 1,267, according to the ADL.

Over the past 10 years in the United States, there have been mass shootings at a Texas church (26 people died), at a mainly African American church in SC (nine dead), at two Jewish centers in Kansas City, Kansas (three dead), at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin (six dead, plus the shooter), and at a Unitarian church in Tennessee (two dead).

More than 80 percent of the neighborhood's residents said they had some concern or were very concerned about rising anti-Semitism, found the 2017 study.

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