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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th District of Pennsylvania


Rep. Cartwright Statement on Tragedy in Ross Twp., Monroe County

Aug 5, 2013
Press Release

Scranton – This evening, Rep. Matt Cartwright released the following statement after the shooting at a monthly Ross Township Community Meeting in Monroe County:

“I am stunned and appalled at the atrocities that claimed the lives of innocent citizens in Ross Township, Monroe County this evening.  It’s hard to find adequate words to console the loved ones and victims during this time of loss, but my thoughts and prayers go out to them.

“Reportedly West End Open Space Commission Executive Director Bernie Kozen was the individual who aimed at subduing the suspect and did so successfully, Mr. Kozen is a true hero tonight.

“I ask that the state of Pennsylvania and the whole country join me in standing with this community in prayer and support in the weeks and days following this horrifying tragedy.  It is imperative that we as nation address this insidious trend by working together to prevent these random acts of violence from happening again.”