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Shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue: At least 8 feared killed, suspect held

The synagogue is located at the intersection of Wilkins and Shady avenues about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.

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Washington Updated on: October 28, 2018 0:02 IST
Law enforcement officers secure the scene where multiple
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Law enforcement officers secure the scene where multiple people were shot, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

 

A gunman opened fire at a Jewish synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on Saturday, with up to eight people feared killed, local media reports said. 

Among the injured are three police officers. The shooter, said to be a bearded white male, has been taken into custody. He was taken to a hospital as he was injured during the exchange of fire with the police.

FBI agents have reached the 'Tree of Life' Congregation Synagogue at Squirrel Hill area in Pittsburgh, where a large number of people had gathered for a morning service when the shooting took place.

Initial reports indicated that this was a hate crime. According to the local KDKA channel, the gunman walked into the building and yelled, "all Jews must die".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump is monitoring the situation.

"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!" Trump said in a tweet.

"Monitoring reports of a shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Praying for the fallen, the injured, all the families impacted, and our courageous first responders. God bless them all," Vice President Mike Pence said.

India Tv - Several people were shot by a gunman at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. ((AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Several people were shot by a gunman at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. ((AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

According to Michael Eisenberg, past president of Tree of Life Synagogue the shooting happened during weekly Shabbat services at the Jewish synagogue. At the time, three simultaneous congregation services were taking place.

India Tv - Police respond to an active shooter situation at the Tree of Life synagogue on Wildins Avenue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

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Police respond to an active shooter situation at the Tree of Life synagogue on Wildins Avenue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf described it as a tragedy.

"The shooting in Pittsburgh this morning is an absolute  tragedy...These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans. My thoughts right now are focused on the victims, their families and making sure law enforcement has every resource they need," he said.

"We cannot accept this violence as normal," Wolf said. 

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