At least four people were killed and three officers injured following an active shooting incident at the Tree of life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The police officials were shot while responding to the shooting and are among the many casualties, a police officer was quoted as saying by BBC.
— Lori Houy (@WPXI_Lori) October 27, 2018
The shooter has now surrendered to the Pittsburgh police and has been transferred to Mercy Hospital, said Curt Conrad, the chief of staff for city Councilman Corey O’Connor, reports CNN.
“There are fatalities,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.
Police surrounded the area after reports of an active gunman present at the synagogue emerged.
“It is imperative that the neighbors in the community surrounding the Tree of Life synagogue stay in their houses and shelter in place,” Pittsburgh police Commander Jason Lando was quoted as saying by CNN in an impromptu news conference. “Do not come out of your home right now. It is not safe.”
The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department also put out a tweet warning the residents that there was an active shooter in the area near the synagogue.
ALERT: There is an active shooter in the area of WILKINS and Shady. Avoid the area. More info will be released when it is available.
— Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) October 27, 2018
Fred Rabner, a member of the synagogue, who was present in the building during the incident said that it was a “close-knit community.” Everyone is just shaken up and upset,” he said. “It’s awful, it’s just awful.”
This is an absolute tragedy. 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.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 27, 2018
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf called it an “absolute tragedy.” 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,” Wolf said in a tweet.
US President also let everyone know that he was aware of the situation in Pittsburgh.
Watching the events unfolding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Law enforcement on the scene. People in Squirrel Hill area should remain sheltered. Looks like multiple fatalities. Beware of active shooter. God Bless All!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2018
Carnegie Mellon University located near the synagogue has opened its campus to shelter those affected.