Shot Dead in Pittsburgh Synagogue

The Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue Pittsburgh

A suspect is now in custody, according to Pittsburgh police, which is continuing to urge residents nearby to stay inside their homes.

The captured suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting said that "All Jews must die".

At least eight people are dead after a shooter opened fire at a Pennsylvania synagogue on Saturday.

The active shooter was reported to be near the Tree of Life Synagogue, and multiple victims have been reported so far.

He appeared to connect the shooting to the issue of gun control, stating, "We must all pray and hope for no more loss of life".

Police arrested a suspect in the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, where congregants were attending a prayer service.

Bob Jones, the special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Pittsburgh, said that investigators also believe the suspect was acting alone, with his full motive as yet unclear.

KDKA has reported that police was able to extract several people from the basement of the synagogue as well as from the attic.




Pittsburgh police tweeted earlier that there was an active shooter in the area of Wilkins and Shady avenues.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, who was at the scene of the shooting according to local media, said in a tweet: "We are providing local first responders with whatever help they need".

Emergency services arrived at the scene of the incident at about 10am local time (2pm United Kingdom time) on Saturday.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S Lauder called the shooting "an attack not just on the Jewish community, but on America as a whole".

"It's a 'terrible thing what's going on with hate in our country", Trump told reporters at Andrews Air Force Base before travelling to Indianapolis. Authorities provided no further details as they are still clearing the synagogue.

He said: "These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans".

U.S. President Donald Trump said he was watching developments in a shooting incident on Saturday morning in Pittsburgh where it looked like there were "multiple fatalities". Squirrel Hill is described as a largely Jewish neighborhood with numerous synagogues and schools in the area. "If they had protection inside, maybe it could have been a different situation", he said.

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