Eight dead in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue   

At least eight people have died and others are injured after a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The shooting occurred at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh shortly before 10am. The first reports emerged shortly before 10am.

The gunman, who has been described as a white man with a beard, is still in the building but has surrendered to police. 

He killed three people on the ground level, four in the synagogue’s basement and at least one other person before fleeing to the third floor where he exchanged gun fire with police. 

Two cops have been shot and it is not known what their condition is.   

Armed police are seen entering the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, after a shooting on Saturday morning 

Armed police are seen entering the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, after a shooting on Saturday morning 

Armed police are seen entering the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, after a shooting on Saturday morning 

The shooting occurred at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The first reports emerged shortly after 9am

The shooting occurred at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The first reports emerged shortly after 9am

The shooting occurred at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The first reports emerged shortly after 9am

Saturday mornings are often the busiest in the week at the synagogue, with dozens packing in to observe the Sabbath. 

Others were there to attend a Bris ceremony.  

President Trump tweeted that he was aware of the unfolding scenario, writing: ‘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!’

The shooting happened at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, on Saturday morning (file image)

The shooting happened at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, on Saturday morning (file image)

The shooting happened at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, on Saturday morning (file image)

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