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Pittsburgh synagogue shooter identified

Pittsburgh synagogue shooter identified

The shooting occurred in a third-floor classroom where Saturday's class had been canceled, former Tree of Life President Michael Eisenberg tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Both opposition leaders also called for Canadians to stand firmly against hate and anti-Semitism.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said it was treating multiple patients at UPMC Presbyterian. Says 2 of 6 injured are critical.

The city's public safety director, Wendell Hissrich, described the scene in the city's Squirrel Hill neighborhood as "a horrific crime scene". "One of the worst I've seen, and I've [worked] on some plane crashes".

No children died in the attack, he added.

People embrace in the aftermath of mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Law enforcement sources told CNN that the shooter in custody was immediately cooperative with their investigation.

Officials identified the suspect as Robert Bowers, 46.

Four police officers were shot.

Bowers appears to have made several anti-semitic comments on social media and law enforcement is looking into those comments.

In a news conference, he said: "As you know, earlier today there was a horrific shooting targeting and killing Jewish Americans". The tree-lined residential neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, is the hub of Pittsburgh's Jewish community. "We believe the subject responsible for this has been taken into custody".

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The governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, who traveled to the scene of the shooting, said: "This is an absolute tragedy".

"When a site is explicitly allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance, we take immediate and decisive action", a PayPal spokesperson said in an email.

In 2010, Tree of Life Congregation - founded more than 150 years ago - merged with Or L'Simcha to form Tree of Life* Or L'Simcha. "Unsafe weapons are putting our citizens in harm's way", he said.

"There are multiple casualties".

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said she was "horrified" by the shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue and said her heart goes out to those affected.

Israel is expressing its shock and concern and offering assistance to the local community following the shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh. He said the gunfire sounded like it came from an automatic weapon.

He has reposted a number of posts on his social media accounts that tell Jews to get out or leave.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder called the shooting "an attack not just on the Jewish community, but on America as a whole". "Canadian law enforcement response has been quick and unambiguous".

"People in Squirrel Hill area should remain sheltered", Trump said. In a tweet, Trump encouraged people to shelter in place and said "looks like multiple fatalities".

The congregation had worked with the Department of Homeland Security to evaluate its exit routes, he said, and consulted a securities expert at the Jewish Federation about what to do in an active shooter situation.


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