11 Dead in Pittsburgh Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue, Shooter Surrendered to Police

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 27, 2018 Updated: October 28, 2018

Eleven people have been confirmed dead after a shooting in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Oct. 27, reported KDKA.

Police officers swarmed to the scene and told area residents to stay inside their homes as they tracked down the suspected shooter. Nearby Carnegie Mellon University was also on lockdown.

Two police officers were shot by the shooter during the response, reported KDKA.

The broadcaster said he eventually surrendered to police and was injured.

Pictures and video footage from the area showed SWAT personnel and police officers who responded.

The synagogue is located at 5898 Wilkins Avenue in the Squirrel Neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s second-largest city.

“It sounded like a loud crash in the hallway,” Stephen Weiss of Squirrel Hill, who was in Tree of Life services Saturday morning, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Weiss ran away from the gunshots and eventually made it out alive.

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A full Saturday service at the Tree of Life Synagogue was interrupted by the shooting.

According to the synagogue’s website, it was founded more than 150 years ago.

“In 2010, the two Pittsburgh congregations merged to form Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha. As a conservative Jewish congregation, Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha remains true to traditional teachings, yet is also progressive and relevant to the way we live today,” it stated.

“From our warm, inviting and intellectually stimulating atmosphere to our fun adult, children and family programs, it’s the perfect environment to grow a strong faith rooted in tradition.”

Wilkins Avenue and nearby Murray were blocked off and a number of police officers and ambulances had responded, reported WTAE.

From NTD.tv

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.