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Norfolk and Virginia officials issue statement about Virginia Beach

Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander’s statement on the Virginia Beach tragedy.

“Today’s heartbreaking tragedy has spread grief throughout the region. We have lost loved ones, family, friends, colleagues, and souls committed to excellence in public service, and there are many whose lives will be forever changed by this event.

“In the moments to come as we pray together and mourn together, let’s keep the memories of the victims of this tragic event in our hearts and begin the hard work of healing together.

“On behalf of Norfolk City Council, city workers and residents we offer the City of Virginia Beach condolences and unwavering support.”

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s statement on the shooting in Virginia Beach.

“This is a horrific day for the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are devastated by the tragic shooting in Virginia Beach. I am in Virginia Beach with law enforcement authorities and Mayor Dyer, where I am monitoring the situation and offer the state’s full support.

“My deepest condolences and prayers go to the families of those who left home this morning, and will not return tonight, as well as those who have been injured in this tragedy.

“This is unspeakable, senseless violence. I commend local and state law enforcement, first responders, medical teams, and all others who acted swiftly to respond to this situation. My thoughts continue to be with the victims and their families.”