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Hogan expresses condolences after 'appalling violence' in Atlanta

Hogan expresses condolences after 'appalling violence' in Atlanta
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Wednesday expressed his condolences following the Tuesday night shooting spree in Atlanta that killed eight people, with six of the victims Asian American women.

"We are horrified by the appalling violence committed in Georgia, and extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims," Hogan wrote in a tweet. "This is an unspeakable tragedy, and the latest in a series of attacks against Asian Americans."

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A suspect is in custody after the shootings at a trio of businesses in Atlanta and nearby Cherokee County. Police have said it is "extremely likely" that the same person was responsible for all three shootings.

The White House says President BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE has been briefed on the shootings and will later speak about the matter with Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandBiden officials testify that white supremacists are greatest domestic security threat Watch live: Garland testifies before Senate panel on domestic extremism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting MORE and FBI Director Christopher Wray, according to the White House.

Last week, during his first prime-time address since taking office, Biden condemned the rising tide of violence against Asian Americans while speaking to the nation about the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hogan on Sunday also spoke out against the recent rise in attacks against Asian Americans, calling it “unacceptable."

He also noted that his own family has faced increased discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It really has been a serious problem. My wife, my three daughters, my grandkids, all Asian, and ... they've felt some discrimination personally," Hogan said.