Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Multiple casualties reported in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting; suspect in custody

UPDATE Police Official Says Multiple Casualties Reported after Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue Multiple casualties reported in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting; suspect in custody
Melinda Barton | 27 October, 2018, 22:05

Police are on the scene of an active shooter situation in Pittsburgh this morning, the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department said.

The shooting was reported Saturday morning near the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

An active shooter has reportedly shot multiple people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

At Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, which I take it draws a comparable or smaller crowd than Tree of Life at Shabbat services, we have had regular police presence for the past several years.

President Donald Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland that the shooting was a "terrible, awful thing".

"At this time the suspect in the shooting is in custody". He said the neighbourhood is predominantly Jewish, and while he is not part of the congregation, he has many friends who are.

The Tree of Life synagogue describes itself on its website as a traditional, progressive and egalitarian congregation. People in Squirrel Hill area should remain sheltered. Looks like multiple fatalities.

A journalist for a local radio station KDKA reported at least seven have been confirmed dead, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

The synagogue building in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the shooting took place was built on donated land in 1946, after much of the Jewish community.

The suspect has been identified as Robert Bowers, law enforcement officials told CNN. During that exchange, two police officers were also wounded, though the extent of those injuries is not known.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system says it's treating multiple victims from a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

"On a day like today, the door is open", Eisenberg told a reporter for CNN affiliate KDKA.

The Tree of Life congregation was founded more than 150 years ago and in 2010 merged with the five-year-old Or L'Simcha congregation.

He was getting ready for services when he received a phone call from a member who works with Pittsburgh's Emergency Services, saying he had been notified through scanner and other communications that there was an active shooter at their synagogue.