At Least 8 Dead in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting – Gunman Shouted ‘All Jews Must Die’ [UPDATE]

At least eight people have been killed and many other injured in a shooting at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. The gunman is in custody.

A gunman went on a killing spree at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill this morning. He reportedly yelled “All Jews must die” when he entered the building.

The suspect, 48-year-old Robert Bowers, surrendered to police. The SWAT team had been talking to him and reported that he was crawling and injured. The extent of his injuries is unknown. Police also believe he acted alone.

Eight are dead and at least six are injured, including four police officers. The officers’ injuries are not life-threatening but the other two victims have been listed in critical and serious condition.

The gunman walked in to the synagogue Saturday morning, yelled “All Jews must die,” then began his killing spree.

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When police arrived, the gunman shot at them, forcing officers to use their vehicles as shields.

The shooting happened during the weekly Shabbat service, with the building full of people.

“At 9:45 there were three simultaneous congregations’ services that were being held. In the main part of the building, The Tree of Life has a service that has about 40 people in it. Just below that there is a basement area where New Life congregation would have been having their Shabbat service. There would have been 30-40 people. Just adjacent to Tree of Light’s service area, a congregation was in the rabbi study room and they would have had approximately 15 people in there,” Michael Eisenberg, the past President of the Tree of Life, said.

Police are investigating if Bowers had made his intentions known on his Twitter account, which has since been taken down. It was reported that Bowers had many anti-Semitic messages and hate speech in his posts.

President Trump tweeted, “Events in Pittsburgh are far more devastating than originally thought. Spoke with Mayor and Governor to inform them that the Federal Government has been, and will be, with them all the way.”

The shooting will be prosecuted as a hate crime, which will involve an FBI investigation.

**UPDATE**

CNN is now reporting there have been eleven confirmed deaths and six injured in the shooting. All victims were over the age of 54, including a 97-year-old woman and a couple in their 80s.

 

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