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Virginia Beach tragedy takes US mass shootings to 150 in 151 days

Evacuees walk away from a building in this still image taken from video following a shooting incident at the municipal center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S. May 31, 2019. WAVY-TV/NBC/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. MANDATORY CREDIT.
A gunman opened fire inside a government building in Virginia (Picture: Reuters)

The United States has had 150 mass shootings in just the 151 days of 2019 so-far.

The shocking statistic comes just as 13 people lost their lives in a shooting a Virginia Beach.

Four others were wounded in the attack, after a gunman opened fire inside a building at the Virginia Beach Municipal Centre shortly after 4pm on May 31.

The shooter, believed to be an employee of the public utilities department, was killed by police at the scene.

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who leads gun violence prevention organisation Giffords, said the groups hearts and our sorrow were with victims families.

A photo taken by Alyssa Andrews of a police officer comforting a shooting victim after a mass killing at the Virginia Beach MUnicipal Center is shown on CNN on May 31, 2019 following the attack.
Thirteen people were killed in the shooting (Picture: Alyssa Andrews /CNN)

There have been more than 22,082 incidents (Picture: Gun Violence Archie 2019)

There have been more than 22,082 incidents (Picture: Gun Violence Archie 2019)

She said: Were only 151 days into 2019 and there have already been 150 mass shootings. This reality is horrifying. Its heartbreaking.

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The fact that our nations leaders continue to fail to protect us should fuel outrage in every American.

The stories of survivors from Virginia Beach touch on a familiar refrain: The peace of the workday shattered by the sound of gunfire.

Coworkers huddled on the floor trying to stay quiet as the shooting gets closer. The disbelief that its finally happening to them. Our hearts and our sorrow are in Virginia tonight.

Ms Giffords was a victim of the 2011 Tuscan shooting, after a man opened fire on a constituent meeting being held in Arizona on January 8.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) listens as Democratic lawmakers speak in support gun background checks legislation bill H.R. 8 on Capitol Hill on February 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
Gabby Giffords called the Virginia Beach shooting horrifying (Picture: Getty Images)

TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 8: Emergency personnel and Daniel Hernandez (C), an intern for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), move Giffords after she was shot in the head outside a shopping center January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Hernandez helped to save Giffords' life after she was shot in the head. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), and more than a dozen other people were injured and six people were killed at public event entitled Congress on your Corner when a gunman opened fire. (Photo </br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/01/virginia-beach-tragedy-takes-us-mass-shootings-150-151-days-9771760/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p>
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