President Obama spoke in the aftermath of the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee moments ago, saying that although law enforcement officials didn’t know all the details, it appeared that a “lone gunman” carried out the attacks.
“We take all shootings very seriously,” Obama said. “Obviously when you have an attack on a U.S. military facility then we have to make sure we have all the information necessary to make an assessment in terms of how this attack took place.”
Obama didn’t reveal the name of the shooter even though he added that law enforcement officials had identified the culprit – 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
“I’d ask all Americans to pray for the families who are grief stricken at this point,” Obama said, vowing a “thorough and prompt” investigation.
“My main message right now is obviously the deepest sympathies of the American people to the four Marines that have been killed,” he said.
It’s a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who have served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion and although the families are still in the process of being contacted, I want them to know that I speak for the American people in expressing our deepest condolences and knowing that they have our full support as they try to overcome the grief that’s involved here.