ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- As the FBI continues to investigate why Omar Mateen opened fire Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people, in Rochester, the feeling that this affects all of us, from a community to a country divided over issues like gun control, lingered in the air Monday.
"I was sickened to hear the news. This is just another attack on American values," said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, D-New York.
"I don't know that you ever heal," said Brae Adams, Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church. "I think that you'll change and you'll grow and move forward because that's what you have to do."
"Obviously this is an act of terrorism and we need to do more as members of Congress to stop this senseless violence," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York.
"People think that if they ban a certain class of guns or make more restrictions on law-abiding people it's going to stop this wave of Islamic terrorism, and it's not," said Stephen Alstadt, SCOPE.
"When people criticize the governor for instituting the SAFE Act, I think they should know that they are safer in our state so someone cannot a week before an assault like this can walk into a gun shop and just buy it," said Hochul.
"It's simply tragic. We extend all of our condolences," said Sareer Fazili, Islamic Center of Rochester. "ISIS is some fringe radical element that has very little to any basis is Islam at all. Some of their practices are the farthest thing from Islam."
In Rochester's Islamic community, leaders say there needs to be a dialogue. About the terrorist's target, a gay nightclub, Fazili acknowledges that Islam does not accept homosexuality, but not different than the Christian Bible.
"So the Quran is the Quran, I know what it says and I'm not going to debate it," Fazili said. "Does the Quran teach me to be violent against people who do not follow it strictly? No, it does not. That is not my position."
Public safety is always a concern and up for scrutiny when something like this happens. Rochester's police chief has reached out to LGBT community to ensure people they're safe.
"We want to be as vigilant as possible with this and make sure a tragedy like this does not take place here in Rochester," said Mayor Lovely Warren, D-Rochester.
Statewide, police are paying close attention to transportation systems and tourist spots, potential targets which the Lieutenant Governor says are vulnerable. That word "vulnerable" fits this day as much as it ever has.
"It doesn't matter if it's a school room, a nightclub, it doesn't matter," Hochul said. "This is an attack on all of us. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."