The Haunted Hoochie held Swastika Saturday and was blasted online this weekend by some who were appalled by the event that was held the same day a gunman opened fire at a Jewish synagogue, killing 11 and wounding six during a baby naming ceremony.
Swastika Saturday has been held annually at the Haunted Hoochie for 28 years, according to the Haunted Hoochie Facebook page.
But area leaders and residents said they were disgusted the event was held after the attack in Pittsburgh.
Robert Gregory Bowers killed eight men and three women inside the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday during worship services before a tactical police team tracked him down and shot him, police said in the affidavit, which contained some previously unreported details on the shooting and the police response.
Former Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy said she was appalled by Haunted Hoochie’s Swastika Saturday.
“They never should have held a Swastika Saturday, and should clearly not have done so today,” Kilroy wrote on Facebook.
Others on Facebook called the event “deplorable” and “insensitive.”
A Pataskala resident said he was “embarrassed” and angry about the event.
“This is blatant ethnic intimidation. It’s pathetic,” he said.