Reaction: Pittsburgh synagogue shooting draws ire on social media

Tree of Life Congregation Pittsburgh

Media reports identifed the suspect in custody as Robert Bowers, 48, from just south of Pittsburgh. One official says Bowers is 46-years-old.

The attack took place during a baby naming ceremony, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

It was not immediately clear if anyone had died in the shooting or how many people were injured.

President Donald Trump responded to what he's calling the "devastating" shooting, saying: "It's a 'terrible thing what's going on with hate in our country".

Trump made the comments in response to a question on gun control laws in light of the shooting as he left Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

"It should not be happening in our neighborhood here in Squirrel Hill", he told reporters Saturday.

"They should very much bring the death penalty into vogue", Trump said. All three congregations at the conservative synagogue-Tree of Life, Dor Hadash, and New Light-were having services when the shooting erupted.

The gunman, who is in police custody, burst into the synagogue at 9:30 am (local time) during a "Shabbat" service and started firing indiscriminately. "It's just shocking to come back to Squirrel Hill and see something like this".

The shooter surrendered to Pittsburgh police and was being transported to Mercy Hospital, said Curt Conrad, chief of staff for City Councilman Corey O'Connor.

During the week, anyone who wanted to get inside Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue had to ring the doorbell and be granted entry by staff because the front door was kept locked. One officer said the shooter claimed to be heading to his vehicle when he "engaged officers responding".

"We were working with the other synagogues if something horrific like this happened", he told KDKA.

Pittsburgh's sports teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins, are expressing their condolences for the deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Local police say they had received several calls from people trapped inside the Synagogue.

"Looks like multiple fatalities", President Trump reacted on Twitter shortly after 11 a.m. local time.

The synagogue is located on the corner of Wilkins and Shady Avenue. The neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, about 10 minutes of drive from downtown Pittsburgh, is the hub of the city's Jewish community.

"Watching the events unfolding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania", the president tweeted Saturday morning.

Gov. Tom Wolf arrived at the scene Saturday and called the attack an "absolute tragedy".

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