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What we know about the Tree of Life Congregation shooting in Pittsburgh: LIVE UPDATE

Follow along here for updates from the 4 p.m. press conference.

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Updated: 12:39 a.m. Oct. 28


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11 dead, 6 injured in shooting at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh

President Trump, Pennsylvania politicians react to shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue


Eleven people were killed and six were injured in a shooting Saturday at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill that’s being treated as a hate crime, according to police.

Here’s more information from this afternoon’s press conference:

Pittsburgh Director of Public Safety Wendell Hissrich:

  • “These incidents usually occur in other cities. Today the nightmare hit home.”
  • 9:54 a.m. active shooter reported inside building. Officers were dispatched at 9:55 a.m.
  • 11 fatalities as a result of the shooting incident — no children.
  • Six people were injured, including four police — that number does not include the suspect.
  • Gunman in fair condition with gunshot wounds. “We believe the gunman was shot by police but a definitive determination is still pending.”
  • There will be adequate protection at tonight’s vigils.

Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert:

  • First officers hit in stable condition.
  • Two from SWAT also in stable condition.

Pittsburgh Bureau FBI Special Agent in Charge Bob Jones:

  • “We’re in the early stages of this investigation and will look at everything in the suspect’s life in the coming weeks.”
  • “I want the people of Pittsburgh to know the FBI will work around the clock to get answers to why and how this happened.”
  • “It’s the most horrific crime scene I’ve seen in 22 years with the FBI.”
  • “This gunman targeted [the victims] simply because of their faith.”
  • The suspect’s full motive is unknown but it is believed he acted alone.
  • The gunman was exiting the synagogue when he encountered police. The gunman went back into the building to hide.

Gov. Tom Wolf:

  • The shooting is being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime.
  • “My heart breaks for Pittsburgh’s Jewish community.”
  • “Anti-semitism has no place in the commonwealth.”
  • “I want the Jewish community across the commonwealth and country to know we stand together as we mourn this senseless act of violence.”
  • “Pennsylvania’s Jewish community is strong vibrant and resilient.”
  • “We cannot accept this violence as a normal part of American life.”

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady:

  • “The actions of Robert Bowers represent the worst of humanity.”
  • “We expect to file criminal charges shortly, perhaps as early as today. […] Know justice will be swift and severe.”

Chair of Emergency Medicine at UPMC Don Yealy:

  • First patient: 61-year-old female with extremity soft-tissue injury. “She’s doing well now.”
  • Second patient: 70-year-old male with gunshot wounds to torso.
  • Other four injured victims all members of law enforcement.
  • Three UPMC doctors were sent to the scene.

Watch the press conference here:

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