Eight people have been confirmed dead as a shooter opened fire at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh during a prayer service.
The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department confirmed that an active shooter is in the Wilkinsburg and Shadyside areas of Pittsburgh in the US.
It is being reported that the shooter opened fire at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue and that the area has been sealed off.
According to multiple sources, the shooter is reportedly a member of Gab, an alternative social media site frequented by white supremacists.
People have been urged to stay away from the area with the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department warning people to “avoid the area” in a tweet.
This was clearly an anti-Semitic attack.
The shooter entered the Tree of Life Congregation and began spraying bullets. According to cops, the shooter came with an AR-15 and said, “All Jews need to die.”
When cops arrived, the shooter began firing at them.
Carnegie Mellon University, which is near the temple, is on lockdown.
Authorities have the shooter in custody.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump commenting on the shooting said the shooting could have been prevented if someone inside the temple had a gun.
According to TMZ, a message on the shooter’s social media page reads: “Jews are the children of Satan.”
His last post reads, “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”