Today is a sad day for the City of Alexandria and the wonderful community of Del Ray.
No doubt you are aware that this morning, a gunman with powerful weaponry shot several Members of Congress at a public ballfield in the heart of our city.
We are grateful none of the gun victims were killed, and we pray for their speedy recovery and for the recovery of those brave injured first responders that rushed to save them.
I have little doubt a massacre was averted today. Lives were saved by the heroic actions and quick response of the Alexandria Police, the Capitol Police, and the courageous members of our community who risked real danger to shelter those escaping the violence.
The City of Alexandria often feels like a small town and never more so than today. The residents of Del Ray in particular have long been tightly knit together and chock full of civic spirit, with neighbors helping neighbors. And now Del Ray residents have literally opened their doors to save lives. I've never felt so honored and privileged to represent this vibrant, loving community.
I understand that Christ Church in Old Town will be offering at 7 pm a "service of lament, healing, and hope for the victims of today's shooting in Del Ray, for our community, and for our nation."
I will be there. Please join me.
I also understand the United Methodist Church will have a vigil at the fields near GW Middle School tonight. I will try to attend that as well.
Let's come together as a community to reassure each other of our common humanity.
Tonight we mourn.
And then tomorrow, let's rejoin our efforts to find better ways to address and prevent future acts of gun violence.
Please join me at my Monthly Meetup at Los Tios in Del Ray on Sunday, July 2 from 2 - 4 pm.
I'll tell you what I've been striving to do to stop gun violence.
And I know many of you have great ideas as well.
I'm all ears.
Delegate Mark Levine
Serving Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax in Virginia's 45th District
P.S. If you think we should meet sooner, please let me know.