President Obama Makes a Statement on the Situation at the Washington Navy Yard

President Obama Makes a Statement on the Situation at the Washington Navy Yard


The President:
Good afternoon, everybody. Please have a seat. Before I begin,
let me say a few words about the tragedy that’s unfolding
not far away from here at the Washington Navy Yard. That’s part of why our
event today was delayed. I’ve been briefed by
my team on the situation. We still don’t
know all the facts, but we do know that several
people have been shot, and some have been killed. So we are confronting yet
another mass shooting — and today, it happened
on a military installation in our nation’s capital. It’s a shooting that targeted our military
and civilian personnel. These are men and women
who were going to work, doing their job,
protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know
the dangers of serving abroad — but today, they faced
unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have
expected here at home. So we offer our
gratitude to the Navy and local law enforcement,
federal authorities, and the doctors who’ve responded
with skill and bravery. I’ve made it clear to my team
that I want the investigation to be seamless, so that
federal and local authorities are working together. And as this investigation
moves forward, we will do everything
in our power to make sure whoever
carried out this cowardly act is held responsible. In the meantime, we send our
thoughts and prayers to all at the Navy Yard who’ve been
touched by this tragedy. We thank them for their service. We stand with the families
of those who’ve been harmed. They’re going to need
our love and support. And as we learn more about
the courageous Americans who died today — their lives,
their families, their patriotism —
we will honor their service to the nation they
helped to make great. And obviously,
we’re going to be investigating thoroughly
what happened, as we do so many
of these shootings, sadly, that have happened, and do everything that
we can to try to prevent them.

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