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People shocked, saddened after Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

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On Saturday afternoon, a line wrapped around the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Earlier that same day, a shooter opened fire at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“As a Jewish American, I’m just very upset and my heart goes out to all the people that suffered,” said Carrier Berger, from Alexandria.

“I’ve never seen anything in my lifetime like this,” said Louise Berger, visiting the area from Chicago.

Eleven people were reportedly killed in the shooting.

“That was the first thing I saw. And, again, I was just like, ‘Crap. Again?’” Michael Sherman, from New York, said.

The museum releasing the following statement on Friday:

“The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum strongly condemns the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and sends its deepest sympathies to the victims and families of those who were callously murdered.

Before opening fire, the alleged perpetrator reportedly yelled, "All Jews must die!" The Museum reminds all Americans of the dangers of unchecked hatred and antisemitism which must be confronted wherever they appear and calls on all Americans to actively work to promote social solidarity and respect the dignity of all individuals.

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit ushmm.org.”

“There’s so much pressure and tension and my prayer, my hope is that people can calm down and stop all of the violence,” said Merritt Vaughn, from Texas.

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