Chabad of Poway
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Rep. Duncan Hunter* and his Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar both offered condolences after the deadly shooting at Chabad of Poway.

Hunter said Saturday’s attack and one against a mosque in Escondido last month are “not who we are” in a tweet.

“Just as with the mosque arson attack in Escondido several weeks ago, I support our law enforcement in finding those responsible for these crimes and prosecuting them fully. These acts of violence have no place in , it’s not who we are,” he tweeted.

Campa-Najjar said he was “devastated” by “an act of terror, purposely committed on a sacred Jewish holy day.” The attack came on the last day of Passover.

“I’m devastated to learn a gunman killed and injured members of the Chabad of Poway synagogue today, the last day of Passover. This was an act of terror, purposefully committed on a sacred Jewish holy day commemorating the liberation of an oppressed people from slavery,” said Campa-Najjar in a statement.

“I’m praying for the victims, grateful to law enforcement for their swift action, and demand the gunman be brought to justice for massacring innocent people peacefully practicing their religious freedom. This will not stand.”

Rep. Mike Levin of North County called Saturday a tragic day for San Diegans and Americans everywhere.

“An attack on the Jewish community – or any religious group – is an attack on all Americans,” said the congressional freshman raised in both Jewish and Christian faiths. “We must reject the political and cultural environment that allows this type of hate and bigotry to find safe harbor.”

Levin also said it is “long past time that we take strong action to end the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”

“Earlier this year, the House passed HR8, which would put common sense gun safety measures in place,” he said. “While we don’t yet know if it would have prevented today’s attack, we do know that it would help end the plague of senseless gun violence, and I implore the Senate to take up this bipartisan legislation immediately.”

Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren were among many expressing their grief.

*Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Poway is part of Rep. Hunter’s district.

Updated at 11:10 a.m. April 29, 2019

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.