The Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill part of Pittsburg, PA, a historic Jewish neighborhood, was attacked by what is reported as a lone shooter. The synagogue was holding various Shabbat services and there are dead and casualties, including responding law enforcement officers. The suspect was taken into custody alive.
Multiple people have been killed in Saturday morning’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, according to a city official.
The shooter surrendered to Pittsburgh police and was being transported to Mercy Hospital, said Curt Conrad, chief of staff for City Councilman Corey O’Connor.
Another law enforcement official told CNN at least 12 people have been shot.
Three police officers were shot, officials said earlier at an impromptu press conference. It’s unclear if they are part of those casualties.
The shooter made anti-Jewish comments during the incident, a law enforcement official told CNN.
Police respond to the shooting Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Jason Lando previously said there were “multiple casualties.” Officers were dispatched to the scene after receiving reports of active gunfire at the synagogue, he said.
Pittsburgh official says at least 4 people are dead and at least 12 shot at a synagogue in a historically Jewish neighborhood https://t.co/NKI5mz1fPW
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 27, 2018
Initial reports on the suspect:
BREAKING: Several law enforcement officials tell @NBCNews that the Pittsburgh synagogue attacker is Rob Bowers, 46, of Pittsburgh; his social media is rife with anti-Semitic comments; and he made anti-Semitic comments during the attack. https://t.co/tpXxmFvY6O
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 27, 2018
The President weighed in prior to boarding Air Force 1:
Trump says Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh has “little to do with” gun laws, says the synagogue should have “had some kind of a protection” inside the temple, and later blames synagogue for not having armed guards. pic.twitter.com/AWg5AwkEKp
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 27, 2018
 Whereas normally we withhold and do not broadcast shooters identities with things like school shootings and other such events, with there being no doubt to the suspect here, and the motives and his background being relevant, we have done so here