CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WRIC) — Seven people are dead after a mass shooting at a Chesapeake Walmart Tuesday night. The tragedy marks the third mass shooting in Virginia within two weeks — with a total of 14 people – including the most recent suspect – now dead due to the violence.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin ordered all state and U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff for several days following the mass shooting.

State and local officials are chiming in with messages of heartbreak and anger from across the Commonwealth.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin

Gov. Glenn Youngkin

Our hearts break with the community of Chesapeake this morning. I remain in contact with law enforcement officials throughout this morning and have made available any resources as this investigation moves forward. Heinous acts of violence have no place in our communities.

Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears

Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears

Our hearts break for the victims in Chesapeake and the families who’ve lost loved ones in another senseless act of violence.

Praying for our Commonwealth.

Newport News Police Department

NNPD would like to express our sincere sympathy for the victims and families, the Chesapeake community and our brothers and sisters at the Chesapeake Police Department for the tragic event that occurred last evening. We will keep you in our prayers.

Virginia Beach Police Department

So saddened for our neighbors in Chesapeake. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, & the first responders to the tragic scene. Wishing everyone peace & grace as they work through their grief.

Chesapeake Mayor Rick West

Chesapeake Mayor Rick W. West

I am devastated by the senseless act of violence that took place late last night in our City. My prayers are with all those affected – the victims, their family, their friends, and their coworkers. I am grateful for the quick actions taken by our first responders who rushed to the scene. Chesapeake is a tight-knit community and we are all shaken by this news. Together, we will support each other throughout this time.

Please keep us in your prayers.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Sickened by reports of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Walmart in Chesapeake. I’ll be monitoring developments closely. In the meantime, I urge all those in the community to listen to guidance from local law enforcement and stay away from the scene.

2nd District Congressional Representative Elaine Luria

Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va.

Enough is enough.

Praying for the victims, their families and colleagues, and the Chesapeake community tonight.

3rd District Congressional Representative Bobby Scott

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Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.

Tragically, our community is suffering from yet another incident of senseless gun violence just as families are gathering for Thanksgiving. My thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.

President Joe Biden

Joe Biden
President Joe Biden

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, one of our most cherished holidays that brings us together as Americans and as families, when we hug our loved ones and count our blessings. But because of yet another horrific and senseless act of violence, there are now even more tables across the country that will have empty seats this Thanksgiving. There are now more families who know the worst kind of loss and pain imaginable.

Jill and I grieve for those families, for the Chesapeake community, and for the Commonwealth of Virginia, which just suffered a terrible shooting at the University of Virginia this month. We also mourn for all those across America who have lost loved ones to these tragic shootings that we must come together as a nation to stand against.