Multiple casualties after shooting near Pittsburgh synagogue

Cheryl Sanders
October 29, 2018

At least four people were killed and three officers injured responding to an active shooting incident in the area of a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, local media and CNN reported.

A suspect is in custody after a shooting caused "multiple casualties" at a Pittsburgh synagogue, police have said. The official wasn't authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Local media and NBC News reported that the attack left at least eight dead and 12 injured, including three police officers.

Reporter Myles Miller, of PIX11, noted, "For those who don't know, Squirrel Hill is Pittsburgh's largest Jewish neighborhood".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed an act of "blind anti-Semitic hatred", saying: "We all have to stand up against anti-Semitism, everywhere". Squirrel Hill is described as a largely Jewish neighborhood with numerous synagogues and schools in the area.

The president claimed that guns have "little to do with it if you take a look at it", and countered that an armed guard could have prevented the mass shooting.

Trump was speaking just over an hour after Pittsburgh police confirmed they had taken a suspect into custody amid "multiple casualties" inside the synagogue.

"Anybody that does a thing like this to innocent people that are in temple or in church, we had so many incidents with churches, they should really suffer the ultimate price". When people do this they should get the death penalty, and they shouldn't have to wait years and years.

USA television networks said at least four people had died, while the local CBS affiliate reported that eight people were dead.

He, too, had said that the Tree of Life Congregation, like others in the area, had done lots of training on active shooter scenarios.

The Synagogue was said to have been full of people for a Saturday service.

A law enforcement official previously say the shooter made anti-Semitic statements during the shooting.

"I was heartbroken and appalled by the murderous attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue today", said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who graduated from high school in Pennsylvania.

"He and I used to, at the end of services, try to tell a joke or two to each other", said Myron Snider, a fellow member of New Light Congregation.

The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department tweeted that there was an active shooter near the intersection of Wilkins and Shady Avenues, which is where the synagogue is located.

"We are devastated", tweeted Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League.

"This is what you dread hearing", he said, adding he was concerned for those who might have arrived at the service on time, most of whom would have been older.

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