California Synagogue Shooting: Pa. officials react to violence at Congregation Chabad in Poway

Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, speaks at a joint session to honor the Tree of Life victims. (Courtesy Pa. House Democrats)

It was a scene all-too-familiar: People gathering in a show of solidarity and support outside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue.

But this time, the vigil wasn’t for locals, but rather for Congregation Chabad in Poway, Calif., near San Diego, which left one person dead, and three more wounded. The California shooting,  on the last day of Passover, came six months to the day of the deadly shooting at Tree of Life, which claimed the lives of 11 people.

Elected officials across Pennsylvania offered their condolences – and condemnation – of the violence. Here is a sampling of what they said:

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf:

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto:

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.:

Pennsylvania Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny:

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District:

U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District:

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District:

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District:

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District:

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh:

State Sen. Katie Muth, D-Berks:

And, the anti-gun violence group, CeaseFirePa:

Anyone we missed? Email us at [email protected]

John L. Micek
A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press

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