Virginia mass shooting hits close to home for church member

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‘It’s just such a shock,’ says member who frequently conducts business at building where rampage occurred.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

When Eugene Thompson learned of Friday’s mass shooting at a government building in Virginia Beach, Va., he immediately thought: That could have been my son.

That could have been me.

Thompson, a longtime member of the Princess Anne Church of Christ in that coastal city, owns a dozen-person architectural firm.

He, his son, Gideon, and the firm’s staff frequently conduct business inside the municipal building where 12 people — including 11 city employees and a contractor trying to get a permit — were fatally shot Friday afternoon.

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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