Hagel’s statement on Fort Hood shooting

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel answers questions during a news conference on the stern of the USS Anchorage at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Honolulu. Hagel, who is in Hawaii for the first U.S.-hosted U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, briefly spoke on the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas. Hagel said he needed to get more information before he could comment on the incident. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel answers questions during a news conference on the stern of the USS Anchorage at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Honolulu. Hagel, who is in Hawaii for the first U.S.-hosted U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, briefly spoke on the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas. Hagel said he needed to get more information before he could comment on the incident. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Statement from Secretary of Defense Hagel on Fort Hood Shooting
April 2, 2014

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.

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