In the Aftermath of the Fort Hood Shooting

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The entire Army community is rallying together in the aftermath of yesterday’s shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragic event.

Here is what we know about the situation:

 

Here is what senior leaders are saying about the situation:

Any shooting is troubling. Obviously this reopens the pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago.  We know these families.  We know their incredible service to our country and the sacrifices that they make.  Obviously our thoughts and prayers were — are with the entire community.  And we are going to do everything we can to make sure that the community at Fort Hood has what it needs to deal with the current situation, but also any potential aftermath.

- President Barack Obama

 

Today’s shooting was a terrible tragedy for the Fort Hood community, the Department of Defense, and for the nation. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. And my sympathies go out to this strong and resilient community, which has experienced this kind of senseless violence all too recently.

There is nothing more important to us as an institution than the safety and well-being of our people, and for that reason I am grateful to all the first responders who rushed to the scene. We will closely monitor the situation at Fort Hood and stay informed by what investigators and law enforcement personnel learn about the shooting.

- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fort Hood community in the aftermath of this tragedy. Many questions remain and our focus is on supporting the victims and their families… This is a community that has faced and overcome crises with resilience and strength. We are with them tonight and we will be with them in the days ahead.

- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey

For updates directly from Fort Hood, visit www.forthoodpresscenter.com.