Virginia lawmakers respond to shooting: 'My heart breaks for ... our entire commonwealth'

Virginia lawmakers respond to shooting: 'My heart breaks for ... our entire commonwealth'

Virginia lawmakers mourned the victims of a shooting in Virginia Beach that killed 11 and injured six people Friday.

The shooting occurred about 4 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Municipal Building when a “longtime employee of public utilities” began to “indiscriminately fire upon all the victims,” according to Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervara.

“This is a tragic day for Virginia Beach and our entire Commonwealth. My heart breaks for the victims of this devastating shooting, their families, and all who loved them. I am on my way to Virginia Beach now and will be there within the hour,” Gov. Ralph Northam (D) tweeted.

“I’m devastated to learn of the tragic shooting tonight in Virginia Beach. My heart is with everyone who lost a loved one, and I’m praying for a swift recovery for all those who have been injured,” Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Air Force nominee: Setting up Space Force would be 'key imperative' GOP senators object to White House delaying home-state projects for border wall MORE (D) echoed.

“I am closely monitoring the situation in Virginia Beach. Praying for all involved as we learn more,” Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerState probes of Google, Facebook to test century-old antitrust laws Hillicon Valley: Trump fires Bolton as national security adviser | DOJ indicts hundreds over wire-transfer scam | CEOs push for federal privacy law | Lyft unveils new safety features after sexual assault allegations On The Money: Senate spending talks go off the rails | Trump officials vow to reform Fannie, Freddie if Congress doesn't act | Majority in poll see recession on the way MORE (D) said.

“I am praying for all those affected by this shooting and heart broken that once again a shooting has devastated the Commonwealth,” Rep. A. Donald McEachinAston (Donale) Donald McEachinRacial politics roil Democratic Party CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries Harris hops past Biden in early race for Black Caucus support MORE (D) tweeted.

“My heart is with all those injured & affected by today’s shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. I’m so thankful for first responders & law enforcement for risking their lives to bring a suspect into custody. This is more proof Congress must act to prevent gun violence,” Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Jewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump MORE (D), who represents Virginia Beach, said. 

“This is a horrible day for the Commonwealth. Our hearts are heavy with grief for the victims and their loved ones,” Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Critics fear widespread damage from Trump 'public charge' rule Democrats: Trump plan could jeopardize 500,000 children's free school meals MORE (D) tweeted. 

“My heart breaks for Virginia Beach and our entire commonwealth. This is an utterly devastating tragedy. Please keep the victims and everyone who loved them in your thoughts tonight,” Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonSwing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage Gun debate raises stakes in battle for Virginia legislature Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment MORE (D) said. 

“As we continue to follow developments from Virginia Beach, we stand ready to assist and comfort the victims and their families. No one in Virginia should ever fear gun violence in their place of work, and today is truly a dark day for our Commonwealth,” Rep. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Centrist House Democrats press for committees to follow pay-go rule Gun debate to shape 2020 races MORE (D) said. 

Gun control has emerged as an animating issue for Democrats in the aftermath of several high-profile mass shootings. Police have not yet indicated a motive in Friday’s attack.