At least four dead, 12 shot in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

President Trump and Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow hug after Sendrow prays at the 91st annual Future Farmers of America Convention and Expo at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday following a shooting in a Pittsburg synagogue

President Trump and Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow hug after Sendrow prays at the 91st annual Future Farmers of America Convention and Expo at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday following a shooting in a Pittsburg synagogue

A white male suspect has been arrested after surrendering to police.

Pittsburgh Police says there are "multiple casualties" in a mass shooting near a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Alvin Berkun, rabbi emeritus at Tree of Life and a Pittsburgh police chaplain, told KDKA-TV that the synagogue hires off-duty police officers for the high holidays, "but on a normal weekend we don't do that".

Police have requested that Pittsburgh residents stay inside their homes as they exchanged gun fire with the suspected gunman. Tree of Life had Shabbat services scheduled from 9:45 a.m.to 12:00 p.m., according to the synagogue's website.

He appeared to connect the shooting to the issue of gun control, stating, "We must all pray and hope for no more loss of life". Trump also hinted about stiffer laws on the death penalty for such shootings.

Police arrested a suspect in the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, where congregants were attending a prayer service.

Gov. Tom Wolf arrived on the scene late this morning.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday he was "heartbroken and appalled" by the shooting. The synagogue, one of the oldest and largest in the city, was full with a Saturday service.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting, writing, "Watching the events unfolding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania".

He added the outcome might have been different if the synagogue "had some kind of protection" from an armed guard and suggested that might be a good idea for all churches and synagogues.

Detective Chakia Fennoy, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Police Department, said officers will be paying special attention to synagogues and other religious institutions.

Trump's daughter Ivanka, who is Jewish, tweeted that "America is stronger than the acts of a depraved bigot and anti-semite". It's in Squirrel Hill, a historic Jewish neighborhood.

Mr Finkelstein said local synagogues have done "lots of training on things like active shooters, and we've looked at hardening facilities as much as possible".

"If they had some kind of a protection inside the temple maybe it could have been a much more different situation, they didn't", he said when asked about a possible link to US gun laws.

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