(WHTM) – Authorities said a York County native was among the victims in this week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
Harry Bowman, 46, who is originally form York died in the attack that took 13 other lives Wednesday.
“That’s a tragic thing,” Joe Patterson, who lives in Spring Garden Township, said. “We’re sorry to hear about it.”
Patterson, a former neighbor of the Bowmans, told ABC 27 News he was shocked to hear Harry Bowman was killed during the mass shooting in California.
“It’s a terrible thing to lose a son, lose a child, regardless of the age and how it happens,” Patterson said. “We send our sympathies to the Bowmans.”
Bowman, a father of two daughters, graduated from Dallastown Area High School in 1987.
School records show he was an athlete and excellent student.
The Superintendent of Dallastown Area School District told ABC 27 News that Boman was a National Merit Scholar, second in his class, and a member of the track team.
Bowman was quoted saying in his high school yearbook “I don’t like to lose”.
Jack Klein was also a neighbor of the Bowman family.
“It may have happened 3,000 miles away but that really hits home in your neighborhood,” Klein said.
Bowman left for California 15 years ago.
In a statement Bowman’s family said Harry was also a devout Catholic.
Kline said he’s doing the best to comfort the family.
“There’s not really anything you can say,” he said.
Friday morning, Governor Tom Wolf released a statement extending his condolences.
We are saddened to hear reports that Pennsylvania-native Harry Bowman was among the victims of the senseless violence in San Bernardino, California. On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to the Bowman family and all of our fellow York County residents whom knew him.