• July 30, 2014

Leaders react to Fort Hood shooting

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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 1:04 am

“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 are with the entire community. And we are going to do everything we can to make sure that the community of Fort Hood has what it needs to deal with the current situation but also any potential aftermath. We’re heartbroken that something like this might have happened again.”

President Barack Obama

“Today, Fort Hood was once again stricken by tragedy. As Texans, our first priority must be caring for the victims and their families. Fort Hood has proven its resilience before, and will again. Texas will support those efforts in any way we can, with any resources necessary. The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Gov. Rick Perry

“Our prayers are with the people at Fort Hood right now. The situation is fluid and the details are yet to be determined. I am in contact with the installation and others on the ground around Fort Hood and will work with authorities and assist in any way that I can.”

U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock

“Tonight, I join countless others in grieving following the senseless violence at Fort Hood. My thoughts and prayers are with all the brave men and women in uniform who serve us at Fort Hood and with their families and loved ones. Perhaps my greatest honor as a legislator is representing the tight-knit community of Fort Hood. While we await more information surrounding this tragedy, I ask that you pray for peace and healing.”

State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay

“Tonight, Texans’ hearts are once again very heavy. The scenes coming from Fort Hood today are sadly too familiar and still too fresh in our memories. No community should have to go through this horrific violence once, let alone twice. I ask that all Americans join Sandy and me in praying for the victims, their families and the entire Fort Hood community.”

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas

“My prayers are with all in the Fort Hood community who have been impacted by today’s shooting, including first responders who have been actively working to move people out of harm’s way and secure the area. Our office will continue to closely monitor the situation and stands ready to offer assistance as necessary.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

“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.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

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