America was reminded today that evil walks amongst us as an apparent anti-semitic mad-man opened fire on a synagogue during a holy celebration in a vibrant neighborhood of Pittsburgh, killing at least 8 and injuring more.
The tragedy occurred at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood during a Jewish bris, a circumcision ceremony that is supposed to be a joyous occasion as new parents welcome and name their sons and daughters into the faith. Instead, a clearly disturbed individual bombarded the sanctuary and announced "All Jews must die," before shooting into the crowd. When police arrived, the insidious individual turned and opened fire on authorities.
His social media presence shows that he clearly hated the Jews and hated anybody who supported Israel or did not believe in his twisted worldview. For this author, his name will not be broadcast as he is a coward and deserves punishment to the fullest extent of the law, not attention from the media.
The suspect is in custody and it is believed he acted alone. Those onsite described it as "a very horrific crime scene” and a gruesome, tragic experience.
Dozens of public figures and elected officials expressed their condolences, thoughts, and prayers via social media and television.
Watching the events unfolding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Law enforcement on the scene. People in Squirrel Hill area should remain sheltered. Looks like multiple fatalities. Beware of active shooter. God Bless All!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2018
My heart breaks over the news out of #Pittsburgh. The violence needs to stop. May God bless, guide & unite the United States of America.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 27, 2018
Monitoring reports of shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Praying for the fallen, the injured, all the families impacted, and our courageous first responders. God bless them all.— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) October 27, 2018
This is an absolute tragedy. These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans. My thoughts right now are focused on the victims, their families and making sure law enforcement has every resource they need.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 27, 2018
Despicable. Devastating. Horrific. What happened in Pittsburgh is nothing short of pure evil. Regardless of your faith background, if you pray, please lift up the Tree of Life family. “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) October 27, 2018
My God #TreeofLife synagogue in #Pittsburgh is the loving, dignified place where my sister and I attended, and our parents taught, Sunday school; where I was bar mitzah; where my sister wore to class a velvet jumper my mother made; the deep Jewish roots of my own tree of life.— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) October 27, 2018
My heart goes out to the families of those killed today in Pittsburgh, & to the brave officers who risked their lives to protect others. The attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue was a horrific act of evil. We must recognize this hatred for what it is, & come together to fight it.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 27, 2018
Coverage will continue on Townhall throughout the weekend.