Active-shooter drill held just down the road from the PA synagogue at the local Jewish Community Center

Active-shooter drill planned at Squirrel Hill community center


Local and federal law enforcement will conduct an active-shooter drill Thursday night at a Pittsburgh community center.

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County police, as well as FBI personnel, will stage the scene at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill from 8 p.m. to midnight.

“These exercises help the community, first responders and other officials know what to expect and how to react to a major situation,” said Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. “The exercise also provides an opportunity to enhance the emergency plan as needed.”

The public will see a large law enforcement presence at the center near the intersection of Forbes and Murray avenues. During the drill, Darlington Road will be closed from St. Edmund’s Way to Murray.

The drill will include apprehending a shooter, evacuations and treating victims on the scene. At least 50 volunteers from Squirrel Hill and the Jewish Community Center staff will participate in the exercise.


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