Shortly before 10 a.m. on Saturday, a gunman opened fire inside Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. The victims ranged in age from 54 to 97; two brothers and a husband and wife are among the dead. Authorities are treating the massacre as a hate crime as they investigate the suspect’s history of anti-Semitic online screeds.

N.Y.

PENNSYLVANIA

OH.

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

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100 MILES

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Tree of Life

synagogue

Pittsburgh

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N.Y.

PENNSYLVANIA

OH.

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

N.J.

MD.

100 MILES

279

19

Tree of Life

synagogue

Pittsburgh

376

376

2 MILES

N.Y.

Pittsburgh

OH.

PA.

279

Philadelphia

19

N.J.

MD.

100 MILES

Pittsburgh

Tree of Life

synagogue

376

376

2 MILES

N.Y.

Pittsburgh

OH.

PA.

279

Philadelphia

19

N.J.

MD.

100 MILES

Pittsburgh

Tree of Life

synagogue

376

376

2 MILES

Three congregations were holding services at the synagogue on Saturday when the shooting started at 9:45 a.m., according to Stephen Weiss, of Squirrel Hill, and Chuck Diamond, a former rabbi at the synagogue. Details from an affidavit originally obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette show the following happened next.

1. Witnesses report hearing the first shots in the lobby. Some escape through the sanctuary and the chapel.

Pervin Chapel

Room for up to 240 participants

Main

sanctuary

1,250 seating

capacity

SHADY AVE.

Ballroom

Entrance

WILKINS AVE.

Main entrance

2. Police receive the first call at 9:54 a.m. When they arrive, they confront the shooter somewhere near the entrance, and he opens fire on the officers.

 

3. A small SWAT team follows the shooter farther into the building and discovers the dead and injured. SWAT medics and officers extract the victims.

4. The shooter goes to the third floor, where he is found by officers. He opens fire on them and hits one officer multiple times. A firefight ensues, and the shooter is wounded.

Third floor

5. At some point, the shooter comes out crawling. He has an assault-style rifle and three handguns.

1. Witnesses report hearing the first shots in the lobby.

Some escape through the sanctuary and the chapel.

Pervin Chapel

Room for up to 240 participants

Main

sanctuary

1,250 seating

capacity

Ballroom

SHADY AVE.

Entrance

WILKINS AVE.

Main entrance

3. A small SWAT team follows the shooter farther into the building and discovers the dead and injured. SWAT medics and officers extract the victims.

2. Police receive the first call at 9:54 a.m. When they arrive, they confront the shooter somewhere near the entrance, and he opens fire on the officers.

4. The shooter goes to the third floor, where he is found by officers. He opens fire on them and hits one officer multiple times. A firefight ensues, and the shooter is wounded.

Third floor

5. At some point, the shooter comes out crawling. He has an assault-style rifle and three handguns.

1. Witnesses report hearing the first shots in the lobby. Some escape through the sanctuary and the chapel.

Pervin Chapel

Room for up to 240 participants

Main

sanctuary

1,250 seating

capacity

Ballroom

SHADY AVE.

Entrance

WILKINS AVE.

Main entrance

3. A small SWAT team follows the shooter farther into the building and discovers the dead and injured. SWAT medics and officers extract the victims.

2. Police receive the first call at 9:54 a.m. When they arrive, they confront the shooter somewhere near the entrance, and he opens fire on the officers.

4. The shooter goes to the third floor, where he is found by officers. He opens fire on them and hits one officer multiple times. A firefight ensues, and the shooter is wounded.

Third floor

5. At some point, the shooter comes out crawling. He has an assault-style rifle and three handguns.

1. Witnesses report hearing the first shots in the lobby. Some escape through the sanctuary and the chapel.

Pervin Chapel

Room for up to 240 participants

Main

sanctuary

1,250 seating

capacity

SHADY AVE.

Ballroom

Entrance

WILKINS AVE.

Main entrance

2. Police receive the first call at 9:54 a.m. When they arrive, they confront the shooter somewhere near the entrance, and he opens fire on the officers.

 

3. A small SWAT team follows the shooter farther into the building and discovers the dead and injured. SWAT medics and officers extract the victims.

4. The shooter goes to the third floor, where he is found by officers. He opens fire on them and hits one officer multiple times. A firefight ensues, and the shooter is wounded.

Third floor

5. At some point, the shooter comes out crawling. He has an assault-style rifle and three handguns.

5. At some point, the shooter comes out crawling. He has an assault-style rifle and three handguns.

1. Witnesses report hearing the first shots in the lobby. Some escape through the sanctuary and the chapel.

Pervin Chapel

Room for up to

240 participants

Main

sanctuary

SHADY AVE.

1,250 seating

capacity

Third floor

Ballroom

Entrance

Main entrance

WILKINS AVE.

4. The shooter goes to the third floor, where he is found by officers. He opens fire on them and hits one officer multiple times. A firefight ensues, and the shooter is wounded.

2. Police receive the first call at 9:54 a.m. When they arrive, they confront the shooter somewhere near the entrance, and he opens fire on the officers.

3. A small SWAT team follows the shooter farther into the building and discovers the dead and injured. SWAT medics and officers extract the victims.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, this was the deadliest attack against Jewish community in U.S. history. The number of anti-Semitic incidents skyrocketed in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available.

Anti-Semitic incidents sharply rose in 2017, spiked in the beginning of the year

Anti-Semitic incidents per year

since 1980

1,986

2,000

1,500

1,000

500

0

‘17

1980

‘90

‘00

‘10

Monthly count of incidents since

Jan. 2016

208

250

200

150

100

50

0

Dec.

2017

Jan.

2017

Jan.

2016

Anti-Semitic incidents sharply rose in 2017, spiked in the beginning of the year

Anti-Semitic incidents per year since 1980

1,986

2,000

1,500

1,000

500

0

‘17

1980

‘90

‘00

‘10

Monthly count of incidents since Jan. 2016

208

250

200

150

100

50

0

Dec.

2017

Jan.

2017

Jan.

2016

Anti-Semitic incidents sharply rose in 2017, spiked in the beginning of the year

Anti-Semitic incidents per year since 1980

Monthly count of incidents since Jan. 2016

1,986

208

2,000

250

200

1,500

150

1,000

100

500

50

0

0

2000

2017

1980

Dec.

2017

Jan.

2016

Jan.

2017

Anti-Semitic incidents sharply rose in 2017, spiked in the beginning of the year

Anti-Semitic incidents per year

since 1980

Monthly count of incidents since

Jan. 2016

208

1,986

2,000

250

200

1,500

150

1,000

100

500

50

0

0

‘17

Dec.

2017

1980

‘90

‘00

‘10

Jan.

2016

Jan.

2017

Anti-Semitic incidents sharply rose in 2017, spiked in the beginning of the year

Anti-Semitic incidents per year

since 1980

Monthly count of incidents since

Jan. 2016

208

1,986

2,000

250

200

1,500

150

1,000

100

500

50

0

0

1980

1990

2000

2010

2017

Dec.

2017

Jan.

2016

Jan.

2017

Laris Karklis, Aaron Steckelberg, Brittany Mayes, Tim Meko, Kevin Uhrmacher, Gabriel Pogrund, Manas Sharma, Kyle Swenson and Chiqui Esteban contributed to this report.

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Chart data from the Anti-Defamation League.

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