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 is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.

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