On Friday the FBI confirmed to The Washington Post that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) was “one of a small number of potential targets of the same gunman that was responsible for the deaths in Waffle House in Nashville on Wednesday.”
The attack on Waffle House left four people dead and one critically injured. It is unclear what part Gov. Northam’s name played in the investigation of the Tennessee gunman.
On Saturday a spokesman for Gov. Northam told the Post that the Virginia governor “has spoken to members of law enforcement across the Commonwealth and reassured them that they are supported and that his family is safe.”
“He fully accepts the FBI’s decision to ask the public to remain vigilant while they continue to seek justice for the victims,” said Gov. Northam’s press secretary, Brian Coy.
In the Sunday New York Times, officials from around the nation offered their condolences and their first messages of support to those who had been affected by the deadly shooting.
John P. Feinblatt, CEO of The Civic Fund, a fund that works to build better communities, told The Times: “We have been witness to some of the most horrific attacks that have taken place over the past two years and have shared our horror, our sorrow and our outrage. Too often our response to senseless violence has been inaction on the part of our leaders. This country must demonstrate that we will confront hatred, intolerance and fear head-on before they take a life and mutilate a community.”
Read the full Washington Post story here.
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