Updated: 12:39 a.m. Oct. 28
Eleven people were killed and six were injured in a shooting Saturday at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill that’s being treated as a hate crime, according to police.
Here’s more information from this afternoon’s press conference:
Pittsburgh Director of Public Safety Wendell Hissrich:
- “These incidents usually occur in other cities. Today the nightmare hit home.”
- 9:54 a.m. active shooter reported inside building. Officers were dispatched at 9:55 a.m.
- 11 fatalities as a result of the shooting incident — no children.
- Six people were injured, including four police — that number does not include the suspect.
- Gunman in fair condition with gunshot wounds. “We believe the gunman was shot by police but a definitive determination is still pending.”
- There will be adequate protection at tonight’s vigils.
Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert:
- First officers hit in stable condition.
- Two from SWAT also in stable condition.
Pittsburgh Bureau FBI Special Agent in Charge Bob Jones:
- “We’re in the early stages of this investigation and will look at everything in the suspect’s life in the coming weeks.”
- “I want the people of Pittsburgh to know the FBI will work around the clock to get answers to why and how this happened.”
- “It’s the most horrific crime scene I’ve seen in 22 years with the FBI.”
- “This gunman targeted [the victims] simply because of their faith.”
- The suspect’s full motive is unknown but it is believed he acted alone.
- The gunman was exiting the synagogue when he encountered police. The gunman went back into the building to hide.
Gov. Tom Wolf:
- The shooting is being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime.
- “My heart breaks for Pittsburgh’s Jewish community.”
- “Anti-semitism has no place in the commonwealth.”
- “I want the Jewish community across the commonwealth and country to know we stand together as we mourn this senseless act of violence.”
- “Pennsylvania’s Jewish community is strong vibrant and resilient.”
- “We cannot accept this violence as a normal part of American life.”
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady:
- “The actions of Robert Bowers represent the worst of humanity.”
- “We expect to file criminal charges shortly, perhaps as early as today. […] Know justice will be swift and severe.”
Chair of Emergency Medicine at UPMC Don Yealy:
- First patient: 61-year-old female with extremity soft-tissue injury. “She’s doing well now.”
- Second patient: 70-year-old male with gunshot wounds to torso.
- Other four injured victims all members of law enforcement.
- Three UPMC doctors were sent to the scene.