Multiple people have been killed in a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
According to local CBS affiliate KDKA, Pittsburgh police responded to an active shooting situation at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh on Saturday while a service was underway. The gunman reportedly shot at officers when they arrived after several people barricaded inside of the building called the authorities.
Officials say that multiple people were killed, and six were injured, including four police officers. Pittsburgh’s top public safety official described a “horrific” scene.”
What we know
- A gunman opened fire at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday. Pittsburg police said there were “multiple casualties,” including multiple fatalities.
- Police said that the shooter was in custody.
- Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh Public Safety director, said at a press briefing that the scene inside was “very bad” and there were “multiple fatalities.” He said there were an additional six injuries, including four police officers.
- The four police officers’ injuries are not life-threatening, but the other injuries are “critical and serious in nature,” Hissrich said.
- Police responded to the incident, and the gunman fired at them as they approached. Three officers were shot, police said after the suspect was detained.
- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that the situation is “serious” and encouraged citizens to stay away from the area. He later tweeted that he was headed to Pittsburgh and that the suspect was in custody.
We are still learning details about the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh but it is a serious situation. @PAStatePolice are assisting local first responders. Please stay away from the area and keep the congregants and law enforcement in your prayers.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 27, 2018
- President Donald Trump tweeted that he was watching the events unfolding and encouraged those nearby to beware of an active shooter and remain sheltered. He later tweeted that the events were “far more devastating than originally thought.”
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. I will speak to the media shortly and make further statement at Future Farmers of America.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2018
- The New York Police Department announced in a tweet that it was deploying extra “heavy weapons teams” and officers to protect houses of worship throughout the city in response to the incident. Los Angeles police said they would also increase patrols Saturday.
- City officials set up a hotline for families and victims.
- Vice President Mike Pence, speaking at an event in Las Vegas on Saturday, said the shooting was “evil” as well as criminal. “An attack on innocent Americans and an assault on our freedom of religion,” he said. “There is no place in America for violence or anti-semitism and this evil must end.”
What we don’t know
- The gunman’s identity or motives.
- How many people were injured or killed.