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2018-10-27 13:40:05

 

Multiple People Killed in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

A suspect is in custody after shooting and killing several people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 27, according to multiple reports.

Curt Conrad, chief of staff for city councilman Corey O’Connor, told CNN that the man was taken into custody by Pittsburgh police after a shootout and was en route to Mercy Hospital.

CBS Pittsburgh reports that 48-year-old Robert Bowers allegedly opened fire upon walking into the synagogue and yelling, “All Jews must die.” NBC also named the suspect, though police have not confirmed Bowers’ identity.

Police said during a press conference Saturday that four police officers were also shot while responding to the call, though the severity of their injuries remains unclear.

Former Tree of Life president Michael Eisenburgh told CBS that the shooting would have taken place during morning services. “At 9:45 there were three simultaneous congregations’ services that were being held,” he said, noting that around 30 to 40 people would have been in attendance.

President Donald Trump and Pittsburgh governor Tom Wolfe addressed the horrific incident.

Wolfe told CBS, “The shooting in Pittsburgh this morning is an absolute tragedy. I have spoken with local leaders and my administration and the Pennsylvania State Police will provide any resources to assist local law enforcement and first responders. These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans. My thoughts right now are focused on the victims, their families and making sure law enforcement has every resource they need.”

Trump also tweeted about the tragedy on Saturday, writing, “Events in Pittsburgh are far more devastating than originally thought. Spoke with Mayor and Governor to inform them that the Federal Government has been, and will be, with them all the way.”

He later told reporters that if there had been more security inside the synagogue, the results would have been different and suggested that “when people do this they should get the death penalty.”

Officials at a press conference described the scene as “horrific.”

This story is developing. 

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