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 KaineAcosta defends Epstein deal, bucking calls for resignation Republican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' Schumer calls on Acosta to step down over Epstein MORE (D) echoed.

“I am closely monitoring the situation in Virginia Beach. Praying for all involved as we learn more,” Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand On The Money: Fed chief warns of 'unthinkable' harm if debt ceiling breached | Powell basks in bipartisan praise amid Trump attacks | Federal deficit jumps to 7 billion Fed chief basks in bipartisan praise as lawmakers dismiss Trump attacks 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 LuriaBipartisan group of lawmakers invites colleagues to tour DC's Holocaust museum Hopes dim for passage of Trump trade deal The benefit of electing veterans is more bipartisan lawmaking 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 ScottThis week: House Dems voting to hold Barr, Ross in contempt CBO report should spike minimum wage legislation New CBO report fuels fight over minimum wage 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 WextonProgressives face steep odds in ousting incumbent Democrats Congress needs to continue fighting the opioid epidemic Lawmakers battle over HUD protections for homeless transgender people 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 SpanbergerKatherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent Democrats 'shooting holes in their own boat' with single-payer plan Hillicon Valley: Trump gets pushback after reversing course on Huawei | China installing surveillance apps on visitors' phones | Internet provider Cloudflare suffers outage | Consumer groups look to stop Facebook cryptocurrency 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.