Senator Jay Costa released the following statement regarding this morning’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill:

The Squirrel Hill community of Pittsburgh suffered an act of unspeakable violence today. A gunman entered the Tree of Life Synagogue during Shabbat services, murdering and wounding people at prayer.

I went to the Tree of Life Synagogue this morning and spoke with Jeff Finkelstein, the president of the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, and offered to help in any way that I can.

Gun violence anywhere is devastating, but to attack people in their place of worship is deeply horrific. We do not yet know the shooter’s motivations, but we do know that our Jewish friends and neighbors, and all of Pittsburgh, is in pain today.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and our entire Jewish community.