Mass shooting in Pittsburgh synagogue leaves dozen wounded, reports of at least 8 dead

During a mass shooting Saturday morning, an unnamed suspect reportedly burst into a synagogue in Pittsburgh while yelling antisemitic statements and opened fire, killing at least eight and injuring up to a dozen more, including several local police officers.

Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Jason Lando confirmed in a brief statement to the media around 11:30 am that there were “multiple casualties” but that the situation was under control.

“The suspect in the shooting is in custody. We have multiple casualties inside the synagogue. We have three officers who have been shot. And at this time we have no more information because we’re still clearing the building and trying to figure out if the situation is safe and if there are anymore threats inside the building,” he said.


According to reports circulating on social media, the still-unidentified shooter yelled “all these Jews need to die” when he stepped into the Tree of Life synagogue Saturday morning.

Reports also revealed that the conservative Jewish synagogue had reportedly been performing a Shabbat service at the time the shooter arrived at the facility.

Some have noted that the shooting occurred only days after Democrat Party ally Rev. Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam described Jews as “termites” in a Twitter post that still remains posted despite widespread condemnation from the Jewish community and their conservative allies.


As of around noon, the gunman had still not been identified and was described only as a white man with a beard who’d surrendered to authorities around 11:00 am.

Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have responded to the shooting by announcing on social media that they’re monitoring the ongoing coverage:

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Vivek Saxena


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