Multiple people dead in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

Multiple people are dead after a shooter opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh (AP photo)

A gunman burst into a Pittsburgh synagogue during Saturday morning Sabbath services, killing at least eight people before surrendering, according to local news reports.

The Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill was reportedly full of congregants when the shooter entered and opened fire at around 10.00 a.m., according to KDKA.

“There are multiple casualties,” Pittsburgh Police Cmdr. Jason Lando said, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

The shooter, described as a white male, surrendered “with a pistol in his waist band and one strapped to his ankle,” local reporter Ross Guidotti of CBS-affiliate KDKA tweeted. He said SWAT officers grabbed the man’s weapons.

Several people were rescued. Police reportedly received several calls from people barricaded inside the Synagogue.

President Trump said he was watching the event unfolding. “People in Squirrel Hill area should remain sheltered. Looks like multiple fatalities. Beware of active shooter. God Bless All!” he tweeted.

SOURCE: New York Post

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