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Toomey Statement on Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue

October 28, 2018

Allentown, Pa. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood:

"Synagogues and other places of worship are safe havens where communities come together to celebrate, pray, and reflect. What happened today at the Tree of Life Synagogue was a cowardly act of violence fueled by hate and anti-Semitism.

"My prayers are with the victims, their families and friends, the members of the Tree of Life Synagogue, and the city of Pittsburgh. I greatly appreciate the actions of the first responders who tended to the wounded and apprehended the shooter.

"My staff and I will remain in contact with law enforcement and local officials over the course of coming days."