An “active” gunman terrorized a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at around 9:30 this morning. According to CBS, the shootings would have killed at least 8 people. The balance sheet could be heavier, according to several local sources.
Pittsburgh police confirm that a suspect was apprehended and three police officers were shot. The number of dead and wounded remains unconfirmed.
A police spokesman, Chris Togneri, told the Agence France-Presse shortly before noon to have no other information. The police continue to search the building and determine if other threats may arise.
According to CNN, at least 12 people were reported to have had firearm projectiles.
The scene took place in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, while The Tree of Life synagogue was targeted by a gunman. It is still unclear whether the shooting took place inside or around the place of worship.
The police are currently deployed in the field.
Events are still in progress.
City Councilor Corey O’Connor was one of the first to confirm events on Twitter directing area residents to stay at home.
ALERT: there is an active shooter near the Tree of Life in Squirrel Hill. Residents, please stay indoors. Our officers are on the scene. I will provide more updates once they are available.
— Corey O’Connor (@CoreyOConnorPGH) October 27, 2018
US President Donald Trump also reacted quickly on the social network claiming that “the authorities were on hand” and in turn inviting residents to take shelter.
Vice President Mike Pence also said on Twitter that he is following the event closely.
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
According to CNN, the Squirrel Hill neighborhood is renowned for hosting a large Jewish community. Saturday is a busy day while Shabbat is celebrated.
Pittsburgh Jewish Federation President Jeff Finkerlstein estimates that “on a regular Saturday” the Tree of Life synagogue can accommodate between 50 and 60 members of the community.