Three police officers were shot, officials said earlier at an impromptu press conference. Authorities have not yet formally provided details from the scene, including weaponry and any comments he may have made about Jews, because they were still clearing the building on the morning of October 27, 2018.
The New York Police Department said it had deployed officers to synagogues throughout the city as a precaution.
Reporter Myles Miller, of PIX11, noted, "For those who don't know, Squirrel Hill is Pittsburgh's largest Jewish neighborhood". "Do not come out of your home right now".
The official said Bowers was in his 40s.
"Everyone is just shaken up and upset", Rabner said. The synagogue is in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood with a heavily Jewish population, AP reported. The shooting was reported around 10am, when a Shabbat service was scheduled. Saturdays, the website said.
Matase said he lives less than 300m from the Tree of Life Synagogue. "Just adjacent to Tree of Light's service area, a congregation was in the rabbi study room and they would have had approximately 15 people in there".
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CNN reports that in total 12 people were shot, not including the shooter. In addition to the main congregation, a Reconstructionist congregation, Dor Hadash, also holds religious services there. Former synagogue president Michael Eisenberg confirmed that security is only used on certain holidays. The conservative congregation follows traditional teachings, while being progressive and relevant, the site says. "Very vibrant, very active".
Asked whether all houses of worship in America now need armed guards, Trump responded "it's certainly an option" in a "world with a lot of problems". "God Bless All!" Trump said via Twitter. "Spoke with Mayor and Governor to inform them that the Federal Government has been, and will be, with them all the way".
"We must all pray and hope for no more loss of life", Gov Wolf said.
"There is no place in our nation for senseless violence and hatred, We must remember, there is more that brings us together than divides us", the council said in an emailed statement.
Wolf is on the scene of the shooting, according to a tweet from his verified account.