Gunman opens fire at US synagogue

A gunman has entered a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and opened fire, police report.

Emergency services arrived at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue at about 10:00 local time (14:00 GMT), according to reports.

There are multiple casualties, a spokesman for the Pittsburgh police department said.

According to police radio, the gunman has now surrendered and is in police custody.

Police had warned people to stay in their homes during the incident at the synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighbourhood.

The gunman was a reportedly a heavy-set white male with a beard.

US President Donald Trump tweeted to say that he was watching events.

The BBC’s Dan Johnson in Washington says the shootings come at a tense time in the US, after a week that has seen mail bombs sent to critics of Mr Trump ahead of crucial mid-term elections next month.

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