Obama Addresses Navy Yard Incident: ‘We Are Confronting Yet Another Mass Shooting’

Before he made scheduled remarks about the 5th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the beginning of the 2008 U.S. financial crisis, President Obama briefly addressed the shooting that occurred this morning at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard. The president confirmed that he had been briefed on situation, saying, “We still don’t know all the facts, but we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed. We are confronting yet another mass shooting.”

Saying the shooting targeted both military personnel and civilians, Obama said, “These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us. They’re patriots. They know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they would not have expected here at home.”

The president thanked local and federal authorities for the work they are doing on the scene and vowed to “make sure whoever carried out this act is held responsible.” Before moving on to his planned topic, Obama said, “We send thoughts and prayers to all at the Navy Yard that have been touched by this tragedy.”

“Obviously we’re going to be investigating thoroughly what happened, as we do so many of these shootings, sadly, that have happened,” he concluded. “And do everything we can to try to prevent them.”

Watch video below, via C-SPAN:

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