WASHINGTON — Speaking hours after a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, President Barack Obama called the incident a “cowardly act” that would be swiftly and “thoroughly” investigated.
“We still don’t know all the facts, but we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed,” he said. “So we are confronting yet another mass shooting and today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital.”
Speaking of the victims, he added: “These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us. They are patriots and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they faced unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.”
Finally, the president pledged to do “everything in our power to ensure that whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible.”
The president’s comments came during a ceremony meant to mark the fifth anniversary of the collapse of U.S. financial markets.
To inquire about any of your loved one employed at the Navy Yard call 202-433-6151 or 202-433-9713. Police are also asking anyone with information on these two people to call 202-727-9099.