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Published on April 12, 2024
Councilmember Rushes to Philly Masjid After Festive Celebrations Erupt in GunfireSource: Facebook/Councilmember Jamie Gauthier

Just hours after attending Eid celebrations at the Philadelphia Masjid, Councilmember Jamie Gauthier was called back to the site due to a mass shooting that erupted outside the house of worship. Gauthier, who had started the day among families in a festive setting, ended it by comforting victims of the violent outbreak.

Rushing back to the scene, where the Police officers were already present when the shooting started, the councilmember praised the prompt actions of the Philadelphia Police Department. Their response, according to Gauthier, helped to prevent further tragedy. "It is heartbreaking that thousands of my constituents were traumatized during what was supposed to be a holy and joyful day," Gauthier stated after the incident.

The shooting, which caused widespread panic and trauma in the community, left an undeniable mark on a day meant for peace and worship. In the wake of the violence, Councilmember Gauthier has vowed to follow the investigation closely and work alongside the Masjid and public safety partners to increase security and address youth violence.

In the aftermath, the councilmember reiterated a call to action for tighter gun control. "No one should fear for their life at their place of worship," Gauthier stressed, adding that "the best way to prevent mass shootings like this one is to enact commonsense gun safety measures that will stem the flow of guns into our neighborhoods." She emphasized the need for legislative action from both Harrisburg and Congress to curb gun violence.