Frankel issues statement on Saturday shooting at Squirrel Hill synagogue

SQUIRREL HILL, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement in response to Saturday morning's shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue:

"My heart aches for the loss to our city and our community. The Tree of Life has provided comfort and support to families for decades. Our whole community is in mourning. I stand with them, and all our neighbors in grief.

"While today is a day of grieving, tomorrow we have to begin the discussion in our communities and our country about what it means when people with weapons are incited to violence, divided by hate and seeking scapegoats. It is terrible, terrible to live in fear. No community should feel like a target." 

Frankel represents the Squirrel Hill community in Pittsburgh as part of the 23rd Legislative District. He is past chairman of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition.

He also is the co-chairman of the PA SAFE Caucus in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a group of legislators who believe in reducing all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services; stronger tools for law enforcement; resources to cure the effects of addiction and illegal drugs; and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety.