President Obama addressed the nation in a live statement early this afternoon, calling today’s shootings at the Washington Navy Yard “cowardly” and vowing that those responsible will be brought to justice.
He expressed dismay that the shooting targeted military and civilian personnel. “These are men and women who were going to work,” he said, “doing their job and protecting all of us.”
“They know the dangers of serving abroad. Today they faced unimaginable violence they wouldn’t have expected at home.”
Obama said there will be a “seamless” investigation of the attack, with local and federal teams working together.
He also expressed condolences for the victims and their families. “We thank them for their service. We stand by the families of those who have been harmed.”