Synagogue shooter identified, at least 8 dead

UPDATE Police Official Says Multiple Casualties Reported after Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

As The Washington Post reported on Saturday, Robert Bowers, 46, was taken into custody on Saturday engaging in a gun battle with police at the Tree of Life synagogue in the western Pennsylvania city, where witnesses told police he shouted anti-Semitic slurs and then opened fire with an assault rifle.

Police say they received calls from people trapped in the building.

Another law enforcement official told CNN at least 12 people have been shot.

What poses a danger to Americans are the murderers among us like the anti-Semitic monster who massacred 8 Jews and shot 3 police officers in Pittsburgh this morning. Four of those injured in the shooting were law enforcement - two first responders and two SWAT officers. At least seven casualties have been confirmed in a report by local CBS affiliate KDKA2, and police exchanged heavy gunfire with the attackers as well.

Rabbi Chuck Diamond, a former spiritual leader of Tree of Life, told reporters that he never spoke to his congregation about what to do during a shooting, but it's something he thought about. Family members rushed to the scene hoping to be reunited with their loved ones, but police kept them from getting close to the building, and asked them to stay away. "It is not safe".

"Everyone is just shaken up and upset", Rabner said.

US President Donald Trump has responded to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting by saying that something must be done about hate in America, and that armed guards at churches and synagogues are an option.

"There are fatalities", said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, but officials have not provided more details.

"This is an absolutely tragedy", Wolf said in another tweet.

"We must draw a line in the sand and say very strongly, never again".

Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the shooting, according to the ATF's Philadelphia field office.

Bowers is accused of opening fire on a Jewish congregation at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

The man who allegedly opened fire on worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue in what is likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in USA history acted alone, authorities said.

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

Law enforcement officers secure the scene where multiple people were shot, October 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

"When people do this, they should get the death penalty", Trump said. "This has little to do with it if you take a look", Trump said on gun laws.

Local reaction and condolences have poured in after a gunman killed 11 people in an attack during Sabbath religious services in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Watching the interview of the synagogue's immediate past president on FOX News, I was disheartened to learn that the synagogue had no security for Shabbat services.

He added: "Beware of active shooter".



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