Senator was handed note about California shooting while delivering a speech on gun violence

Sen. Richard Blumenthal was delivering a speech on the Senate floor about gun violence when he was handed a note telling him that as he spoke, yet another school shooting was happening in California.

After Republican senators blocked a vote on universal background checks, Blumenthal took to the floor to speak on the importance of background checks.

In a video posted on Twitter, an aide is seen passing him a note to inform him of the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, that has left one person dead and several others injured.

"As I was on the Senate floor speaking about the need for universal background checks—after [Republicans] blocked a vote today—I heard this devastating news," Blumenthal wrote on Twitter


The shooting happened around 30 minutes after Republican Rep. Cindy Hyde-Smith blocked a motion to hear the background checks bill.


"To the victims [and] families, we can't take back the loss [and] fear you're feeling, but we'll keep fighting to end this epidemic of violence," Blumenthal said.