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Multiple fatalities and additional casualties amid an active shooter situation in or near Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue.…
The Tree of Life congregation dates back 150 years in Pittsburgh.
"All these Jews need to die," suspect tells police on scene at Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
Suspect, described as a 46-year-old male, in custody in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, according to @PghPublicSafety source.
Authorities in Pittsburgh confirm numerous people, including at least one police officer, wounded by shooter.
A regular Sabbath service was underway at the Pittsburgh synagogue at the time of the attack.
The shooter was carrying multiple weapons, according to authorities.
At least eight fatalities at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, reports @KDKA.…
"We are continuing to monitor the situation," says @PressSec, noting the @realDonaldTrump tweet. #TreeofLife
Later today @POTUS is scheduled to speak in #Indiana and #Illinois.
#TreeofLife currently being checked for explosives that the shooter might have deposited, according to authorities.
"We've never had any threats,"Michael Eisenberg, past president of #TreeofLife, tells reporters.
Three officers shot are among "multiple casualties," police tell reporters. "There are fatalities." #TreeofLife
Gunman burst into synagogue at 09:30 local time during a Shabbat service and bris (circumcision ceremony), shooting indiscriminately and yelling "all Jews must die" , according to @KDKA reporter.
#Pennsylvania @GovernorTomWolf reported on the scene at #TreeofLife.
Tweet from @POTUS says he'll speak to the media shortly (possibly at Joint Base Andrews):
Suspect named by Pittsburgh TV station:
"We'll be making a major statement" at @NationalFFA conference today, says @POTUS. "It's a terrible, terrible thing going on with hate in our country...something has to be done."
"This has little to do it," replies @POTUS when asked about stronger gun laws. "If they had protection inside the results would have been far better"
"To see this happening again and again and again is really a shame," adds @POTUS. "The world is a violent world."
"When people do this they should get the death penalty," @POTUS tells reporters at Joint Base Andrews. "They should very much bring the death penalty into vogue."
"This is a case where if they had an armed guard inside the Temple they would have been able to stop him and maybe nobody would have been killed," according to @POTUS."Certainly the results might have been far better."
"It's certainly an option" to now put armed guards inside every synagogue in the country, says @POTUS. "They didn't have any protection. They had a maniac walk in."
"It's so sad to see" this sort of thing happen "when you're president of the United States," says @POTUS just before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews.
Suspected #TreeOfLifeSynagogue gunman Robert Bowers, prior to the attack, posted "I am going in" on his now-deleted Gab account, where he also had written 'jews are the children of satan. (john 8:44) — —- the lord jesus christ is come in the flesh.”…
"This was an attack not just on the Jewish community, but on America as a whole," says @WorldJewishCong.
"We will stand together like a rock against hatred and against those who try to harm Jews all over the world," says #Israel ambassador to #UN, @dannydanon.
The @HolocaustMuseum "reminds all Americans of the dangers of unchecked hatred and antisemitism which must be confronted wherever they appear and calls on all Americans to actively work to promote social solidarity and respect the dignity of all individuals."
Statement on #TreeofLifeSynagogue shooting from #Israel Prime Minister @netanyahu (who graduated from high school in #Pennsylvania):
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, @POTUS says he’s considering cancelling his #MAGA rally in #Illinois later today because of the #TreeOfLifeSynagogue shooting, but notes that many people are lining up to attend.
"It would seem to be an anti-Semitic crime,” @POTUS says to reporters on arrival in #Indiana.
"To have such an unspeakable anti-Semitic hate crime visited on a place of sanctuary and prayer magnifies the pain of this awful day," says @NancyPelosi in statement. #TreeOfLifeSynagogue
"...thoughts and prayers are not enough – Congress must finally act on commonsense, bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation," adds @NancyPelosi.
Statement from @HIASrefugees (which the #TreeofLifeSynagogue shooting suspect mentioned in a social media post):
“A lot of people killed, a lot of people very badly wounded," @POTUS says to reporters in Indiana. "They say as a crime scene it’s one of the worst that some professionals that have seen many many crime scenes, they say it’s one of the worst.”
All Commonwealth flags throughout #Pennsylvania to be lowered to half-staff immediately, orders @GovernorTomWolf. #TreeOfLifeSynagogue
Reaction from a former @WhiteHouse aide to @POTUS comment today on arming houses of worship: #TreeOfLifeSynagogue
At least 10 dead in #TreeOfLifeSynagogue shooting, according to @AP sources.
Here's our latest @VOANews report on the #TreeOfLifeSynagogue attack:…
Statement on #TreeOfLifeSynagogue shooting from @SpeakerRyan.
“The President was briefed during the flight and is receiving regular updates on the horrific tragedy in Pennsylvania by Mike Burnett, Senior Director for Counterterrorism," says @PressSec in statement about #TreeOfLifeSynagogue shooting.
Statement from #UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres on #TreeOfLifeSynagogue shooting.
Also noting Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue:… #TreeOfLifeSynagogue
“We urge President Trump to immediately convene an emergency meeting of religious leaders to help stop the slide to extremism in American Society,“ says @simonwiesenthal statement.…
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