Because I had previously spent the better part of a year writing investigative stories on gaps in gun laws, my bosses quickly summoned me back to the office.
The organization defines mass shootings as incidents in which four or more people (excluding the shooter) have been shot.
On the other other side of the aisle, a number of Republican lawmakers reached for a well-worn response: more guns.
What is totally predictable is the coming avalanche of screams for "gun control", an amorphous phrase.
Hodgkinson wounded several people in his attack but killed no one, so he doesn't qualify as a mass shooter under Everytown's standards.
Virginia is historically a fairly gun-friendly state, and although Democratic Gov. Reports suggest that five people were shot in the attack - including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, lobbyist Matt Mika, and two members of Scalise's security team - although mercifully, there haven't been any reports of deaths yet.
"There are too many guns in the street", McAuliffe said in a news conference Wednesday near the shooting location. "Background checks, shutting down gun show loopholes, that's not for today's discussion".
"Before libs start w their Gun Control bs, this could have been done with a large truck or a butcher knife, good people w guns stopped it", read an opposing early-morning tweet.
When you get down to specifics, such as universal background checks, they are unlikely to happen.
Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House, has worked to oppose new federal gun controls that he has seen as an assault on the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment right to bear arms.
In Alexandria, McAuliffe misspoke and said 93 million Americans are killed every day by gun violence. That state's gun laws are much stricter.
Echoing those sentiments, the Republicans who control Washington dug in.
"You came through big for me, and I am going to come through for you", he told NRA members at the group's annual convention in April, the first time a president had addressed such a gathering in person since Ronald Reagan. Notably, Virginia does not have a concealed carry permit reciprocity agreement with IL, the suspect's state of residence.
However, now that some of their own have been targeted, the question arises whether Republicans will change their tune and be more open to gun control reforms. In the end, no legislation passed either chamber to tighten access to guns.
Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC - America's only national LGBTQ political organization exclusively focused on gun violence prevention, released the following statement on the shooting in Alexandria, VA this morning that injured several people, including a US Congressman, a congressional aide and a police officer.