'Multiple casualties' in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

Authorities: Active shooter near Pittsburgh synagogue

Active shooter at Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh

A gunman opened fire at a synagogue in the U.S. city of Pittsburgh on Saturday, reportedly killing at least four people and injuring others before being taken into custody.

In 2010, Tree of Life Congregation - founded more than 150 years ago - merged with Or L'Simcha to form Tree of Life (asterisk) Or L'Simcha.

Police said a suspect was in custody after the attack at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. I shouldn't have to include in my daily morning prayers that God should watch over my wife and daughter, both teachers, and keep them safe.

President Donald Trump tweeted he's been watching the event unfold. The conditions of the injured police officials are not known.

"This should not be happening, period", said Jeff Finkelstein, chief executive of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the main fundraising and planning organization for the local Jewish community.

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Shabbat services at Tree of Life are led by Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, according to the synagogue's website. followed by Oneg Shabbat on Friday evenings and Kiddush on Saturday mornings.

There was no security at the Tree of Life on Saturday, with former synagogue leaders describing how it operates an open-door policy for worshipers and only puts security on for significant holidays despite fears among community leaders that such a shooting was on the horizon. Here's what we know so far about this horrific tragedy. When police arrived, the attacker reportedly shot at them, forcing officers to hide behind their vehicles. In the main part of the building, The Tree of Life has a service that has about 40 people in it. A police official told reporters there were "multiple casualties". In a tweet, Mr Trump encouraged people to shelter in place and said "looks like multiple fatalities".

"We were working with the other synagogues on what to do if this happened", he said.

The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department had said on Twitter that there was an active shooter in the area of the location of the synagogue. The synagogue was reportedly full of people for the Saturday service and authorities say they've received multiple calls from people barricaded inside the building.

US President Trump, speaking at Joint Base Andrews following the shooting, praised the actions of law enforcement for doing "an outstanding job".

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