I am very saddened to hear of the multiple shootings that took place last night on East Pastorius Street, which resulted in the death of one young man and serious injuries to several other young people. I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the victims’ loved ones. I also in no uncertain terms condemn the perpetrators of the violence that has taken one life and irreversibly altered the lives of all others involved.

We have heard from our youth time and again that a primary deterrent to all-too-frequent gun violence in our neighborhoods is guidance. In light of last night’s avoidable tragedy, I recommit myself and my office to the development of programming in our community that provides jobs and mentorship for our young people.