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A gunfighter attacked a synagogue in Pittsburgh during the service Saturday morning, killed several people and wounded three police officers.
The suspect opened fire in the synagogue of life at a naming ceremony, said the Philadelphia Association of Associations Associated Press .
“We had services that went on in the chapel when we heard a loud noise in the lobby,” said Stephen Weiss, 60, Tribune-Review. He acknowledged the sound as a shot, Weiss said he could fly through the sanctuary.
Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissirch said six people were injured in the incident, four of them police and the shooter later arrested and taken to a hospital.
Exact number of deaths were not immediately available, but the first reports indicated several victims, according to two law enforcement officials who are familiar with the investigation.
KDKA reported that the police confronted suspected outside the synagogue and three officers were injured in firefighting. One of the officers fought in the hand, according to the sender, but at least one alleged had serious injuries.
During a shutdown, he suspected several times that he would or would have to kill Jews, the police’s sender said on the radio.
He was handed to the police around 11 am. Dispatchers said he had a gun on his ankle and another in his waist and had been injured. KDKA reported that he came out crawling.
About two hours after his concern, Associated Press identified the suspect as Robert Bowers.
The Synagogue Tree of Life is located in a lush residential neighborhood near Carnegie Mellon University – one of the major predominant Jewish neighborhoods in the United States. The “traditional, progressive and egalitarian” assembly, founded in 1864, is Pittsburgh’s oldest Jewish assembly.
It is the center of Jewish life on Sabbath morning, Rabbi Aaron Bisno from Rodef Shalom Congregation, two blocks away.
It is unclear how many were in the synagogue at the shooting time. An online calendar, it would have been a shabbat service scheduled for Saturday at. 9:45.
The main sanctuary of the synagogue, a cavernous space with floating glass paintings depicting the history of creation, can accommodate up to 1,250 guests, according to the Life Tree website.
“This is an absolute tragedy,” wrote Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on Twitter. “These meaningless acts of violence are not who we are like Americans.”
The New York Police Department said that it was to distribute teams of houses of worship after Pittsburgh’s shot as a precautionary measure.
Taking note of reporters later at Joint Base Andrews, President Trump said the shot was “much more devastating than originally believed” but did not offer details. “It’s a horrible, terrible thing happening in our country, sincerely, and all over the world, and something must be done,” he said.
He said that the death penalty would come in “vogue” “And suggested that armed security would have made a difference. When asked if all churches and synagogues would have armed security, Trump said,” There is indeed an alternative. “ When asked if he would return weapon laws, Trump said: “This has a lot to do with if you take a look. If they had shelter, the results would have been much better. “
Trump has often suggested that more armed people could deter massacre, commenting after shooting rage in Parkland, FLA and Orlando in recent years. It was unclear whether the synagogue had security measures in place. In a blog post for July for the synagogue with The title “We deserve better”, rabbit Jeffrey Myers criticized the chosen leaders for their lack of action in adopting violence control legislation in the wake of Parkland’s shooting shoot.
“Unless there is a dramatic turn in the mid-term election, I’m afraid of s tatus Quo will remain unchanged, and school shooting will continue, “wrote Myers.
” I should not have to include in my daily morning prayers that God should guard over my wife and daughter, both teachers, and keep them safe. Where are our leaders?
Life’s lifestyle practices conservative Judaism, a Jewish term that does not indicate political affiliation.
Ben Opie, 55, who lives across the street from the Tree of Life, said his wife left for a volunteer service at about 11am when The police shouted at her to come back inside the house. Officers pushed the doors of the neighbors and told them to be locked inside.
Two hours later, after many of the police vehicles had left the neighborhood, Opie said he was still shaking. [19659029