Virginia Beach, Va., council member Sabrina Wooten holds her hand out as she sings during a vigil in response to a fatal shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va., June 1. A longtime city employee opened fire at the building Friday before police shot and killed him, authorities said. (PATRICK SEMANSKY/Associated Press)
Virginia Beach, Va., council member Sabrina Wooten holds her hand out as she sings during a vigil in response to a fatal shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va., June 1. A longtime city employee opened fire at the building Friday before police shot and killed him, authorities said.

PATRICK SEMANSKY/Associated Press

‘I could’ve died today’: Reactions to the shooting in Virginia Beach that left 12 dead

June 1, 2019

People in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and around the country are reeling at news of a mass shooting at a municipal building that killed 12 people and wounded four others. It’s the deadliest shooting of 2019 so far.

For some, the incident, which occurred over 35 minutes, is indicative of a need for increased gun control. This session, the state legislature killed at least a dozen bills that would have introduced restrictive measures.

Other communities that recently experienced mass shootings, such as Las Vegas, expressed solidarity.

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