‘Multiple casualties’ in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

By Agency Report

A gunman killed multiple people and injured several others at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.

Local news reported on the incident, which occurred around 10:20 a.m. during a bris circumcision ceremony at The Tree of Life, a 150-year old Conservative movement congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood, which has a substantial Jewish population.

“All these Jews need to die,” the suspect said, according to reports.

Jason Lando, a police spokesman, told CNN that neighbours were told to keep indoors and shelter in place. Carnegie Mellon University was also put on lockdown.

Police said that at least three officers were hit as well in the gunfire exchanges.

President Donald Trump responded to the shooting on Twitter, saying that it “looks like multiple fatalities.”

“Watching the events unfolding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” Trump said. “Law enforcement on the scene. People in Squirrel Hill area should remain sheltered.”

Tree of Life, which merged with another congregation, Ohr L’Simncha, five years ago is on the same campus of another two synagogues: New Light, which is also Conservative, and Dor Hadash, a Reconstructionist synagogue.

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