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Leaders react to Kalamazoo shooting rampage

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Gov. Rick Snyder

"The victims and their families -- and the entire Kalamazoo area -- should be in everyone's thoughts today. Members of the community and law enforcement officers from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Michigan State Police who quickly came together are to be commended for their cooperation and swift response. Their actions resulted in the suspect being caught before he was able to harm anyone else through these senseless and apparently random acts of violence."

Executive director of the Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

“Though details are still unfolding, Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is both saddened and outraged. Kalamazoo is a beautiful, beloved city in Michigan. People in America must be able to shop for cars, dine and enjoy their city on a balmySaturday night without fearing the worst. Too often, the response from our lawmakers is simply to provide thoughts and prayers. While we do pray for these innocents, we must also honor their lives with additional action.” -- Linda Brundage

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, the Co-Founders of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions

“Once again, another community has been shattered by gun violence. This is what the new normal looks like. While the details of exactly what happened last night and why are still unclear, we know that yet again gun tragedies have destroyed innocent lives. On a seemingly quiet Saturday night, as many spent time with family and friends, some became the targets of terror and gunfire. And now six Americans - including an eight-year-old child - are gone. We wish we could call that unthinkable. But in our country, it’s not. We are extraordinarily grateful to the first responders who acted so bravely tonight to bring this horror to an end. We grieve for those taken and their loved ones, and we pray for strength for the injured. Our hearts are in Kalamazoo.”