The incident began about 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in the southeast portion of the capital.
Virginia lawmakers began to issue statements in response to the shootings Monday afternoon.
Statement from Gov. Bob McDonnell on Navy Yard shootings
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by today’s tragic shooting. Innocent lives have been lost. Families are in mourning. It is absolutely heartbreaking.
All of Virginia’s law enforcement resources remain ready to assist authorities as the investigation moves forward. America is a nation of good and peaceful people.
Horrendous, evil acts of violence will not shake our national unity and character. In the aftermath of this tragic day, I urge all Virginians to always remember to thank the brave law enforcement, first responders and military personnel in their communities for their dedicated and sacrificial service on our behalf.”
Statement from Congressman Bobby Scott on Navy Yard shootings
“I was deeply saddened to hear about today’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. These types of acts of violence are becoming far too common in our society, and that is why many members of Congress are working together to explore ways to prevent these tragedies from happening.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the civilian personnel and military service members supporting the Washington Navy Yard.”
Statement from Senator Tim Kaine on Navy Yard shootings
“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out to the friends and families of the victims, as well as the surrounding community. I am thankful for the bravery of the first responders who put their lives on the line today, and every day.”
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