Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo by John Schreiber.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was outraged by the “senselessness of this burst of violence” in Wednesday’s congressional baseball shooting in Virginia as it “underscores the urgency of ending the epidemic of gun violence in America.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with the civilians and officers wounded in today’s shooting in Alexandria,” Garcetti said in a statement.

“The senselessness of this burst of violence is only compounded by the fact that it struck as Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were practicing for one of Washington’s great bipartisan traditions. We should all be grateful for the many acts of heroism and compassion that saved lives this morning — and mindful of how this tragedy underscores the urgency of ending the epidemic of gun violence in America.”

Four people were wounded — Scalise, a Capitol Police officer, a congressional staffer and a lobbyist. The shooter, James Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, was shot and died at a hospital.

—City News Service

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