Police are on the scene in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, police have warned, for people to stay away from the area because the situation is still active. Early reports heard on Police Scanners was the shooter shouting “all Jews must die”. The synagogue in Pennsylvania was called the Tree of Life. According to CBS 8 people are confirmed dead. CNN reporting 12 shot 4 confirmed dead. Officials are reporting that the crime is being filed as a hate crime.
The shooter was identified as a 46 year old man his name, Robert Bowers that killed multiple victims. It has been reported that Mr Bowers took to social media just before the attack: “can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
Details emerge the shooter of the Pennsylvania synagogue is now in custody. According to police statements there are multiple victims and at least three police officers have been shot during the altercation to try to subdue the shooter. According to early reports the shooter was using AR –15, a 9 mm pistol, as well as another firearm attached to his ankle. survivors have reportedly stated that they barricaded themselves in the basement of the synagogue while the shooter wreaked havoc on those in the main auditorium.
Bystanders have reported that the synagogue is used for three different area congregations. In video footage there is at least one ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walking down the sidewalk. It is been stated that the community is predominantly a Jewish community. No doubt many are grieving in our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of the synagogue as well as our prayers are with the police officers that have been wounded in this exchange.