Virginia lawmakers react to mass shooting in Orlando

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Politicians across Virginia are reacting to the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. Authorities said Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando killing 50 people and injuring more than 50 others.

After the shooting, U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte tweeted "The attack in #Orlando was an act of pure evil. My prayers are w/ the families of victims & the injured. We will continue seeking answers."

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine tweeted, "Horrific & senseless tragedy in Orlando. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those lost & wounded at this incredibly difficult time."

U.S. Senator Mar Warner tweeted, "Pls offer prayers for victims & support for first responders, LGBT community in Orlando."

In a Facebook post Delegate Sam Rasoul wrote, "The egregious shooting in Orlando shocks the conscience of humanity. It is unreal that killing of this magnitude is so easily accessible in our country. We stand united with our LGBT family as we struggle to understand this horror. No one deserves to be harmed because of their gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation."

Roanoke City Mayor-Elect Sherman Lea wrote in an email, "Our prayers go out especially to the victims and their families. I want to commend local law enforcement and special forces for there action that probably saved lives in Orlando. No group should be targeted for violence because of there religious or sexual preference."