Lawmakers, celebrities and other public figures have taken to Twitter to express their heartbreak and shock at the shooting that took place at Umpqua Community College in Oregon Thursday morning.
Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot while meeting with constituents in 2011, tweeted that she was “On a plane and learning about the heinous shooting in Oregon. A community’s heart has been tested but will not be broken. #UCCShooting”
At least 10 people are dead and another 20 injured in the shooting that took place around 10:40 a.m. local time, according to numerous reports.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown addressed the incident Thursday afternoon. She kept her remarks brief but confirmed the shooter was dead. “He is a 20-year-old male,” she said.
Brown also tweeted her condolences to the families of the victims.
Alek Skarlatos, the Army National Guard Specialist who helped prevent a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train, is personally touched by the tragedy – he went to Umpqua Community College.
“I was enrolled as a student at Umpqua Community College prior to my 2014 deployment to Afghanistan. While I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time in August aboard a train bound for Paris, I only wish that the same could be said for today. I wish that I could have been there today to assist,” he says in a statement to PEOPLE. “I praise the first responders who were on the ground today in Roseburg as they undoubtedly were integral in saving numerous lives and putting a stop to what could have been more than tragic than it is. My heart and prayers go out to this community, my community, right now.”
Ellen DeGeneres tweeted “I can’t imagine what the families of UCC are going through. The world is rising up to hold you in the light. I hope you can feel our love.”
Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon’s attorney general said in a statement to PEOPLE that she was “heartbroken by the magnitude” of Thursday’s violence.
“In Oregon, we are a family, and today is unspeakably difficult,” Rosenblum says. “Our hearts go out to to all of the families affected by another senseless gun tragedy. As always, Oregon’s first responders, medical community and law enforcement have stepped up without hesitation to assist.”
New York Senator Chuck Schumer also tweeted about the shooting, saying “we must find a way – regardless of politics – to end the violence.”
•With Reporting by SUSAN YOUNG