WASHINGTON — As news of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard was still unfolding, the campaign of Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin posted and then quickly deleted a tweet encouraging supporters to join Bevin at an upcoming gun rights rally.
The original tweet was posted around noon Monday and read "Join Matt in showing your support for the 2nd Amendment! #kysen" and linked to information about the rally. It was deleted about 17 minutes after it first went up according to the Sunlight Foundation's Politwoops website.
Sarah Durand, a spokeswoman for Bevin, said the campaign's deleting of the tweet had nothing to do with the Navy Yard shooting.
"It was deleted because we had not yet gotten confirmation from the organizers to start promoting it and since it wasn't up on their webpage yet, we want to wait for confirmation," she said in an email to BuzzFeed.
At least six people are reportedly dead and 10 wounded after a shooting rampage at the Naval Sea Systems Command at the Navy Yard on Monday morning. One gunman is dead and D.C. police have said there are potentially two other shooter still at large.
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