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Old 27th Oct 2018, 19:10
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Eight people killed in Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooting

At least eight people have been killed after a gunman opened fire inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh today.

Shabbat morning services had been under way at the Tree of Life synagogue, in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighbourhood, for just 30 minutes when the first reports of gunfire emerged. Police descended on the synagogue and urged residents to stay in their homes. The gunman surrendered to armed police. Three officers were shot in the synagogue and at least 12 people were shot in total.......

Pennsylvania state police said the shooter yelled antisemitic “slogans” and reportedly had an automatic AR-15 rifle as well as two handguns. “All Jews need to die,” the suspect is reported as having told police......

Squirrel Hill is an intensely Jewish neighbourhood, home to almost half of the city’s Jewish population.

The Tree of Life is a conservative synagogue, which means that it adheres to many religious traditions but also introduces more modern and egalitarian aspects of worship. Saturday services are the busiest time of the week, when families with children come together for the Sabbath. The synagogue had no formal security procedures........

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