Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting claims 8 lives; 4 officers among multiple wounded, officials say

Eight people people were killed and at least six more were injured — including four police officers — when a gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, authorities said.

“It’s a very horrific crime scene,” Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich told reporters during the press conference Saturday afternoon. “it’s one of the worst that I’ve seen.”

Police responded earlier this morning to reports of active gunfire at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha congregation, where a service as taking place, Hissrich said. The suspect is in custody and has been taken to the hospital, Hissrich said, and it appears there is no longer any active threat to the community.

The congregants were attending a baby-naming ceremony in the synagogue, Pennsylvania’s state attorney general told the Associated Press.  more

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