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11 dead, more casualties following Pittsburgh synagogue shooting [Updated]

The shooting occurred on Saturday morning in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.


Stephanie Fillion


Posted on Oct 27, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:05 am CDT

A shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh leaves at least eight dead and more injured after a gunman opened fire on civilians Saturday morning, according to the police. The suspect, identified as Robert Bowers, 48,  allegedly yelled, “All Jews must die,“ before opening fire at attendants of Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community.

Four police officers were also injured, though none of the injuries are reported to be life-threatening. The suspect is currently in custody.

Witnesses said the shooting happened shortly after the service began, around 9:45AM. Some people were able to barricade themselves in the basement of the building after they heard gunfire.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued a statement shortly after the shooting. “The shooting in Pittsburgh this morning is an absolute tragedy,” the statement says, “I have spoken with local leaders and my administration and the Pennsylvania State Police will provide any resources to assist local law enforcement and first responders.”

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter, “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 NYPD tweeted that it has deployed officers at “places of worship in New York City as a precaution.

Trump also took the opportunity to encourage Second Amendment rights, saying that the destruction at the synagogue could have been lessened if people inside were armed. “If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better,” he said while speaking to press at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

He also stated that incidents like the shooting in Squirrel Hill should “bring the death penalty into vogue.”

2:34 CT: The Washington Post reports that 11 have died in the shooting.


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*First Published: Oct 27, 2018, 1:45 pm CDT