Global Organization of People of In-dian Origin (GOPIO) – Los Angeles (LA) and Orange County (OC) chapters strongly and unequivocally condemn the heinous act of violent shooting that took lives of 14 innocent people and injured many more at Inland Regional Center (IRC), San Ber-nardino, CA on December 2

“Our hearts go out to the victims of this unfortunate tragedy. OPIO-LA/OC members share the pain and anguish of affected families and convey their heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” said Navin Gupta, president GOPIO Los Angeles.

This is the time of the year when people enjoy the festive time of holidays and Christmas by having group luncheons and dinner parties. Exactly that kind of festivities were taking place at IRC, San Bernardino when an inconsiderate and ungracious individual along with his spouse decided to shoot at random his own co-workers. “This kind of violence is unacceptable in any community anywhere,” said Dilip Butani, president GO-PIO Orange County.

International terrorism, domestic ter-rorism, religious intolerance, mental depres-sion, and loneliness are some of the causes of such barbaric actions.

New York’s 9/11 attacks, Mumbai’s 26/11 attacks, Paris attacks, Columbine school at-tacks, New Town attacks, and Wisconsin Sikh Temple attacks are a few examples of violent behaviors of some unguided groups or inhu-mane individuals.

“We share the belief that such crimes and callous acts have no place in civilized so-ciety. The world must not let it continue for this to happen,” said Kewal Kanda, former president of GOPIO LA chapter.

GOPIO-LA/OC chapters commend the first responders for their quick, methodical, and diligent efforts to provide emergency services and secure the crime scene that saved many lives.