A gunman opened fire inside The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during a Saturday morning prayer service leaving at least ten people dead, reports CBS Pittsburgh.
At least seven people have been confirmed dead in a Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, and two police officers have been shot. The shooter is confined in the third floor of the synagogue https://t.co/rldHevHSsX pic.twitter.com/ltZqCMjYU6
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When officers arrived on the scene, the gunman opened fire at them forcing officers to use their vehicles as a shield. At least three police officers were shot by the gunman, according to law enforcement officials.
KDKA reports that the Synagogue was full of people for a Saturday service when police received multiple calls from people barricaded inside the Synagogue.
The shooter, described as a 46-year-old white male, reportedly shouted anti-semitic slogans before opening fire. Police sources tell KDKA’s Andy Sheehan that the gunman walked into the building and yelled, “All Jews must die.”
NBC News’ Tom Winter reports the gunman was armed with an AR-15 style rifle and multiple handguns.
An estimated 60 to 100 people were believed to be inside the Synagogue when the shooting began, according to NBC News.
Police confirmed at 11:25 am that the suspected shooter had been taken into custody.
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