The livestream of a Colleyville Synagogue service was disrupted on Saturday when a gunman entered the building. The Congregation Beth Israel Temple in Colleyville, Texas was having its Shabbat service just priot to the incident. Information shared by Twitter users say that the Rabbi and two or three others were being held hostage. SWAT, the FBI, Texas DPS, and Colleyville Police were on scene to assist with the hostage situation.
Colleyville is near Dallas, Texas. All residents in the immediate area were evacuated. The livestream was removed from Facebook at around 2 p.m. Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker is the leader of the Congregation, and is reportedly one of the hostages.
Negotiators have contact with this person and are working to come to a safe resolutionColleyville Police Sgt Dara Nelson
UPDATE 1/15/22, 1:20 PM The situation at the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Road posted about earlier remains ongoing. We ask that you continue to avoid the area. We will continue to provide updates via social media.— Colleyville Police (@ColleyvillePD) January 15, 2022
We are deeply concerned by reports of a hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas.— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) January 15, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the local Jewish community at this time.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.
Please join me in prayer for the safety of Rabbi Charlie and all the congregants at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville.— Craig Goldman (@GoldmanCraig) January 15, 2022
The gunman was described as a “Middle Eastern male.” Some also claimed that he told the people that his sister was Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted of attempting to kill US military personnel. She is currently serving an 86 year sentence from 2010 at Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth. She is from Pakistan. It is unclear whether this is a real familial connection or not.
One suspect has taken the rabbi and three others hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville, TX. The hostage-taker is claiming to be armed and says his sister is Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted in New York of trying to kill US military personnel— Aaron Katersky (@AaronKatersky) January 15, 2022
The congregation had a Facebook live stream on its Facebook page for a service that had started three hours prior. The livestream has since been disabled.
Before the live stream was disabled, a man could be heard repeatedly saying “I will die.”
“I am going to die. Don’t cry for me,” the man said.
Earlier, in the live stream, the man, who was not visible, could be heard in what appeared to be a discussion with negotiators about “releasing” the people inside.Fox News
When this situation resolves, we will do an update.
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