A gunman burst into a synagogue in Pittsburgh during a prayer service killing multiple people.
The shooter reportedly screamed “All Jews must die” as he opened fire and killed eight inside the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue.
When police responded the shooter fired at officers.
Eleven people were killed by the gunman who burst into a synagogue and opened fire on innocent people, an official in Pittsburgh has confirmed.
Lynette Lederman, executive assistant to city council member Corey O’Connor, revealed the death toll in a press conference.
No children were among the dead.
The Anti-Defamation League has said it is “likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States”.
The death toll from the shooting has gone up to at least 10, according to the Press Association.
US President Donald Trump has described the killings as an act of pure evil and an anti-semitic act.
Gunman Robert Bowers is accused of opening fire on worshippers at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
This is the first picture of shooting suspect Robert Bowers, who has been arrested by police in Pittsburgh.
The 46-year-old reportedly stormed the synagogue armed with a rifle and numerous handguns.
He also reportedly yelled ‘all Jews must die’ and was shouting antisemitic statements.
The killer had posted an anti-semitic messages on a right-wing social network moments before the attack, according to reports.
Writing on Gab, the 46-year-old allegedly posted: “HIAS (a Jewish organisation that supports refugees) likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
Donald Trump has said he is considering cancelling a rally in Illinois as a result of today’s synagogue massacre.
Eight people reportedly died and a further six were injured when a gunman opened fire during a prayer service. Read more
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