‘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.
“I thought someone had just thrown a handful of bullet casings out in the hallway to make it look realistic.”
— Joe Fisher WRAL (@JoeFisherTV) June 1, 2019
I could’ve died today. I intern in Building 2. I left 15 minutes before the shooting, but there are those who were not so lucky. You never think a mass shooting can happen in your city until it does. We need gun control NOW. I’m tired of this. #VirginiaBeach
— i love you 3000 (@dailydoseofsara) June 1, 2019
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.
Thoughts & prayers are not enough. We need action. Yet another community is in mourning because of gun violence. I’ll be praying for the families of the victims & the survivors tonight. We can’t ever stop working for commonsense gun safety laws to keep people safe. #VirginiaBeach
— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) June 1, 2019
#VirginiaBeach shooting is just heartbreaking. No politics, no message. It’s just really heartbreaking.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) June 1, 2019
The deadliest mass shooting in the US since November. It didn’t happen in a city far away, it happened HERE. This is our home. It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is, we should all be calling for legislation to stop this. How many more have to die? #virginiabeach
— lys (@alyssaafigueroa) June 1, 2019
Other communities that recently experienced mass shootings, such as Las Vegas, expressed solidarity.
To the people of #VirginiaBeach: Las #Vegas is thinking of you in the wake of today’s tragedy. Like many other places, #LasVegas knows the pain you are facing. Although separated by many miles – we stand with and support you.#VegasStrong & #VirginiaBeachStrong pic.twitter.com/2dBKIvqqyX
— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) May 31, 2019
Aaron Rouse, a #VirginiaBeach council member, was a Virginia Tech student during the 2007 mass shooting.
— Amir Vera (@TheAmirVera) June 1, 2019
— Blacklivesmatter757 (@BLM757) June 2, 2019
Although I haven’t lived in Va Bch for many years, it is still my hometown. My parents and cousins still live there. I grew up feeling safe. Now, yet another mass shooting has occurred leaving 12 dead. My heart breaks for my Va Beach family and friends. #VB #VBStrong #LoveforVB https://t.co/v673yaZG7s
— Debbie Fisher (@dfisher445) June 2, 2019
— Jeff Griffeth (@JeffroG1775) June 2, 2019