Squirrel Hill is an area right outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a gunman there shouting that ‘all Jews must die’ burst into a synagogue there this morning and opened fire. Local news reports that eight people are dead.
Law enforcement tells CBS News that two police officers have been shot. Pittsburgh SWAT surrounded the building with heavy artillery, then rushed the building. After an exchange of fire, in which the two officers were shot, the suspected was also wounded or injured.
Although police tell reporters the suspect is in custody, it is still an active scene and no one has been taken from the building in handcuffs yet.
DEVELOPING. [MAJOR UPDATE: SHOOTER IDENTIFIED]
Pittsburgh Synagogue latest:— ReenaCBS (@reenaninan) October 27, 2018
-- Bris (baby's circumcision ceremony) & morning service was taking place this morning.
-- Tree of Life is a conservative synagogue
-- 4 other synagogues in the area
-- 4 people killed in main area of synagogue
-- 3 killed in basement#CBSN
11:53 a.m. Interviewed by local media, Jeff finkelstein of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh:
“This should not be happening, period. It should not be happening in a synagogue. It should not be happening in our neighborhood here in Squirrel Hill.”
The Pittsburgh gunman, at least for a time, was holed up in the study of the rabbi emeritus Alvin Berkun. He said there were 3 worship services underway simultaneously, about 75 congregants inside at the time— Aaron Katersky (@AaronKatersky) October 27, 2018
Update from Pittsburgh Mayor.
Actor is in custody. Multiple casualties. Three Officers have been shot. Area is NOT secure. All residents required to stay inside their homes until further notice.— bill peduto (@billpeduto) October 27, 2018
President Trump tweets:
Watching the events unfolding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Law enforcement on the scene. People in Squirrel Hill area should remain sheltered. Looks like multiple fatalities. Beware of active shooter. God Bless All!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2018