Mayoral candidate Josh Wander even uses still-developing school shootings to remind fellow Republicans (above) what a great choice they made for the city's leader this year.
Meanwhile, sober statements below from Gov. Tom Corbett and Mayor-elect Bill Peduto. First from the governor:
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett today expressed their concern for the victims and students at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh.
The Corbetts' thoughts and prayers go out to the families and the community of those affected.
The governor has directed state agencies and resources to provide the necessary assistance as needed by the Pittsburgh police department and the community.
And via mayoral transition chief Kevin Acklin:
PITTSBURGH – Mayor-Elect Peduto has been in close contact from the National League of Cities Conference in Seattle with Public Safety Director Huss regarding the shootings this afternoon at Brashear High School. Consistent with requests by city police, we advise all residents in the area to lock their homes and stay indoors, while the police continue to search for the perpetrators.
UPDATE And this from Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak:
"My thoughts and prayers are with the students, families, and neighbors of Brashear High School as well as the school and safety officials keeping our neighborhoods secure. I have been in direct contact with our public safety officials on an as-needed basis. There are multiple local agencies involved in this complex operation and our office is encouraging them to focus their time entirely on the investigation. I will be sure to keep our community informed as we learn of any additional significant developments in this tragic situation."
UPDATE with more from the Peduto team:
I commend the men and women of our Pittsburgh Police Bureau, Pittsburgh Public School Police, and cooperating agencies, for their swift response to the shootings earlier this afternoon near Brashear High School.
I am pleased that none of the injuries appear to be life threatening, that several persons have been brought in for questioning, and I thank residents of the surrounding neighborhoods for their cooperation.
While our officers were prepared for the worst, we are very pleased that the shooting did not occur in the school or on school premises.
My thoughts and prayers tonight are with the students, parents, and their families. I know how stressful this situation was for them today, and I understand that counselors will be available on-site at Brashear tomorrow.
I will make sure that we continue to do everything we can as a city to maintain a safe environment for our children, whether in our schools or neighborhoods.