Community leaders respond to Jewish Community Center, Village Shalom shootings

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Leaders from across the area are responding to Sunday’s shooting at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kan. that left three people dead.

Rep. Kevin Yoder took to Twitter, saying “I’m heartbroken to learn of the senseless shootings this afternoon at Jewish Community Center & Village Shalom in Overland Park & Leawood.” He goes on to Tweet

Kansas City Mayor Sly James tweeted:

Gov. Sam Brownback tweeted:

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt said in a statement, “I recently met with a number of Jewish leaders in the Kansas City region to talk about their good work to help the community. My thoughts are with the victims and their families who have been impacted by this tragedy.”

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement:

“I am shocked and sickened by the violence that occurred in Overland Park and Leawood today. Kansas is a place where every person of every kind should be safe from violence or persecution. My deepest regrets are with the victims’ loved ones and my thoughts are with the entire community, which has had its sense of comfort and safety threatened by today’s events. I join all Kansans in proclaiming that these horrific acts of violence have absolutely no place in our communities, our state or our country.”

President Barack Obama issued this statement:

This afternoon we heard reports of a horrific shooting in Overland Park, Kansas.  Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends who lost a loved one and everyone affected by this tragedy.  I have asked my team to stay in close touch with our federal, state and local partners and provide the necessary resources to support the ongoing investigation. While we do not know all of the details surrounding today’s shooting, the initial reports are heartbreaking. I want to offer my condolences to all the families trying to make sense of this difficult situation and pledge the full support from the federal government as we heal and cope during this trying time.

Other community members have also shared their condolences including the Muslims of Greater Kansas City community. In a press release, they state, "The Muslims of Greater Kansas City are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shootings, which resulted in deaths and injuries. We are deeply saddened and distressed by this cowardly act which targeted innocent people."  They go on to say, "May the families of the victims have the forbearance and may the inflicted recover from their injuries quickly."

Others include:

Kansas City Firefighters

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