Today, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-02) released the following statement on the mass shooting in East Raleigh:

My heart is heavy today as we mourn the five lives tragically taken by gun violence, including an off-duty police officer. I am extraordinarily grateful for the swift response from our local and state law enforcement officers who put their own lives on the line to keep our community safe during this horrifying tragedy.

“How many communities and families must experience this senseless bloodshed before we finally say enough is enough? Gun violence has plagued our schools, houses of worship, and other public spaces for far too long. I am devastated that Raleigh is next in the long line of American communities forever changed by a mass shooting. No American should be forced to endure this kind of unspeakable anguish and grief. 

“At this early hour, there is much we don’t know about the events of last night, but I do know this: I know Raleigh will come together to mourn those we have lost. I know the entire Raleigh community will comfort and care for their loved ones now and in the difficult days and weeks ahead. I know Raleigh is caring and resilient and united. I know Raleigh is strong.”