At least eight people have been declared dead after a gunman opened fire at Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.
According to local police, a suspect has already been taken into custody. Multiple sources are reporting that his name is Rob Bowers, 46. According to CBS News, he has been described as “a white male with a beard.”
In a short briefing, police also confirmed that three officers were shot without giving details on their condition.
The incident took place at the Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill neighborhood, the hub of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community.
NBC News is currently reporting that 12 people were shot during the attack, eight of whom have been declared dead.
“It’s a `terrible thing what’s going on with hate in our country,” President Trump told reports following the “devastating” shooting. He was at Andrews Air Force Base before traveling to Indianapolis.
Jonathan Greenblat, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, called the attack anti-semitic, adding that the gunman targeted Jews on a Saturday morning when they would have been attending service.
“We are devastated. Jews targeted on Shabbat morning at synagogue, a holy place of worship, is unconscionable,” he tweeted. “Our hearts break for the victims, their families, and the entire Jewish community.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, the community and the city of Pittsburgh.