Pennsylvania Rep. Keith Rothfus (R) said Saturday the shooting that occurred inside a Pittsburgh-area synagogue marked a "horrific day for the country."

Multiple casualties were reported at the Tree of Life synagogue, located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, and six people were injured, including four police officers.

Officials identified the suspect in Saturday's shooting as 46-year-old Robert Bowers.

"This is a horrific day for Pittsburgh, it's a horrific day for the Jewish community, it's a horrific day for the country," Rothfus said.


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Rothfus said on America's News HQ that when he arrived at the scene, the perimeter was secure with a very heavy police presence.

"You're supposed to be safe in a place of worship," he said. "You should never have this kind of terror anywhere."

CBS 2 Pittsburgh reported that the shooting occurred during the synagogue's weekly Shabbat services.

Rothfus described the Squirrel Hill community as "wonderful."

"To have something like this happen... it's very difficult," he said. "Today, we are all Squirrel Hill."

He added that the community will take a long time to heal from Saturday's events.

"This is a time for solidarity. It's a time to be united. It's a time for people to really reach out."

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