UPDATE 6:10 p.m. EST: Lawyer confirms Aafia Siddiqui's brother is not the suspect inside the Synagogue.
UPDATE: ABC is reporting one suspect has taken the Rabbi and three others hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville, TX. The suspect is claiming to be armed and says his sister is Aafia Siddiqui. Siddiqui was convicted in New York of trying to kill US military personnel and is currently incarcerated.
A Texas SWAT team is on scene, responding to a hostage situation at a synagogue near Dallas. ABC is reporting one suspect has taken the Rabbi and three others hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville, TX. The suspect is claiming to be armed and says his sister is Aafia Siddiqui. Siddiqui was convicted in New York of trying to kill US military personnel and is currently incarcerated.
"I'm going to die at the end of this" is what the Colleyville, Texas synagogue hostage taker said, shortly before the congregation Facebook livestream ended. "What the f*ck is wrong with America?!" shouts the same man, during the stream.
The Colleyville Police Department said, "We are currently conducting SWAT operations around the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Rd. All residents in the immediate area are being evacuated. Please avoid the area." All residents in the immediate area of the incident are being evacuated, according to the tweet. The congregation had a Facebook livestream during the incident, which is now down.
The local police department posted an additional update at 1:20 p.m. Saturday stating that the situation is ongoing and advised individuals to avoid the area. The Congregation Beth Israel's address is 6100 Pleasant Run Rd.
An officer at the scene confirmed that the situation is a hostage situation, but more information had not yet been confirmed by officials, WFAA reported.
This is a breaking story and will be updated accordingly.
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