October 28, 2018
Scene of the shooting (Photo: Reuters)
Eleven people have been confirmed dead in a shooting on Saturday at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, according to CBS Pittsburgh.
The gunman is said to have yelled "All Jews must die" as he entered the Tree of Life Synagogue, a Conservative congragation, in the city and began firing, local media reported. He engaged in a shootout with responding police officers and barricaded himself inside the building before reportedly surrendering. He is said to be injured.
An unknown number of people were also injured in the shooting, among them police officers.
The synagogue is located at the corner of Wilkins and Shady Avenues in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The neighborhood is heavily Jewish.
On Saturdays, the Jewish day of the Sabbath, synagogues hold religious services for congregants and visitors. It is unclear if the service was in session at the time of the shooting.
"There is an active shooter in the area of WILKINS and Shady," the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department wrote in a tweet Saturday as the shooting began. "Avoid the area. More info will be released when it is available."
Active Shooter Confirmed At Pittsburgh Synagogue
CBS Pittsburgh reported that police received several calls from people inside the synagogue as the shooting unfolded.
Police officers, SWAT teams, firefighters, and ambulance services responded to the attack
US President Donald Trump said he's been monitoring the shooting. In a tweet, Trump encouraged people to shelter in place and said "looks like multiple fatalities."
The eleven victims of Saturday's deadly mass-shooting attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have been identified.
Eight men and three women were among the dead, authorities announced Sunday, including 71-year-old Dan Stein, 75-year-old Joyce Feinberg, 65-year-old Richard Gotfried, 97-year-old Rose Malinger, 66-year-old Jerry Rabinowitz, 59-year-old Cecil Rosenthal and his 54-year-old brother David Rosenthal, 84-year-old Bernice Simon, Bernice's 86-year-old husband Sylvan Simon, 88-year-old Melvin Wax, and 69-year-old Irving Youngner.