At least four dead, 12 shot in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Clay Curtis
October 27, 2018

At least four people were killed in in the U.S. city of Pittsburgh on Saturday after police were called to an "active shooter", reportedly near a Jewish synagogue. Residents of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood have been warned to shelter in place, and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is advising residents to stay in their homes until further notice.

He also said such shooters should receive the death penalty and "suffer the ultimate price".

Bari Weiss, a member of The New York Times editorial board, says she was bat mitzvahed at Tree of Life synagogue, which she describes as a "major conservative synagogue" that would have been full for Saturday morning services.

The synagogue is located at the intersection of Wilkins and Shady avenues. "Trump is a globalist, not a nationalist", he wrote on Thursday.

Israel is expressing its shock and concern and offering assistance to the local community following the shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh. The Squirrel Hill area is a heavily Jewish neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Finkelstein said. The suspect surrendered to authorities shortly after 11 a.m. ET, according to local media reports.

After tweeting that the situation was "devastating", President Trump said on Saturday that it would not have happened if the synagogue had had its own security. I shouldn't have to include in my daily morning prayers that God should watch over my wife and daughter, both teachers, and keep them safe.

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The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department had said on Twitter that there was an active shooter in the area of the location of the synagogue.

Michael Eisenberg, the immediate past president of the Tree of Life congregation, said three congregations - Tree of Life, New Light and Dor Hadash - would have been holding simultaneous services in the building. "Saturday morning is the busiest/most attended service".

Finkelstein said local synagogues have done "lots of training on things like active shooters, and we've looked at hardening facilities as much as possible".

Bowers posted several messages on Gab supporting President Trump.

He described the gunman as a "maniac" and suggested the U.S. should "stiffen up our laws of the death penalty".

Earlier, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement that the incident was an "absolute tragedy" and that such acts of violence could not be accepted as "normal".

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