8 Dead, 3 Police Shot in Pittsburgh Synagogue


PITTSBURGH, PA (WBZ-AM)--Pittsburgh television station KDKA-TV is reporting eight people are dead with more wounded including three police officers, after a gunman opened fire around 9"45 this morning at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the weekly Shabbat  services were being held. Police have identified the gunman as Robert Bowers. Bowers entered the Synagogue and shouted “All Jews Must die” before taking aim.

When officers arrived, Bowers reportedly shot at them, forcing police to use their vehicles as a shield.

Police say he has surrendered but have still requested residents around Squirrel Hill stay inside. KDKA is reporting Bowers  is alive but wounded in a gunfire exchange with police.

Nearby Carnegie Mellon University was also reportedly on lock-down, students receiving texts telling them to stay inside.

Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement in response to the shooting:

“These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans. My thoughts right now are focused on the victims, their families and making sure law enforcement has every resource they need.

“We must all pray and hope for no more loss of life. But we have been saying “this one is too many” for far too long. Dangerous weapons are putting our citizens in harm’s way.

“And in the aftermath of this tragedy, we must come together and take action to prevent these tragedies in the future. We cannot accept this violence as normal.”

President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident, saying, "Looks like multiple fatalities. Beware of active shooter. God Bless All!"

Stay tuned to WBZ News Radio 1030 for continuing coverage.



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