(WUSA9) -- Below are few of the statements released by officials on Monday's Navy Yard shooting.


President Obama made a brief statement on Monday afternoon.He said. "I've been briefed by my team. We don't know all the facts but several people have been shot and some killed. We are confronting another mass shooting and today it happened on a military base. They are patriots and they know danger of serving abroad but today faced violence they wouldn't expect here at home."

You can watch the President's statement here:


Washington National Cathedral's Very Rev. Gary Hall released the following statement on Monday morning:

"All of us at Washington National Cathedral heard the news of this morning's shootings at the Washington Navy Yard with a mixture of shock and sadness. We mourn for those who have died, and we continue to grieve the persistence of gun violence in our nation," said Dean Hall. "The Cathedral will hold the victims, first responders, and the Navy community in prayer, while also making the Cathedral's space and its ministries available today to all who seek consolation and refuge from this loss."

Cathedral representatives say the noon day service of Holy Eucharist and the Choral Evensong service at 5:30 p.m. are open to all. Cathedral clergy are going to offer special prayers for the victims and first responders in both services.


"VRE is saddened by this senseless tragedy and our thoughts are with those families impacted today's events at the Navy Yard.
In light of the events unfolding at the Navy Yard, we wanted to reach out to our riders to inform them of how this might impact service and their commute this afternoon.
At this time VRE is planning to operate its regular schedule at all stations, including L'Enfant Plaza. If circumstances should change because of the situation in the District we will notify everyone immediately.
As always, your safety is our number one priority."


Councilmember Wells released the following statement: "My heart goes out to all those whose lives were lost and to their families. I am praying and hoping all those injured have speedy recoveries," said Wells. "Our District emergency responders did a phenomenal job, and I couldn't be prouder of their heroic work and that of all the men and women in uniform who responded to the scene today."

"Gun violence has plagued our city and our country for far too long. I am committed to working with Police Chief Cathy Lanier, as well as leaders in Maryland, Virginia, and in Congress to increase efforts to keep automatic weapons out of dangerous hands and out of our city. Every effort must be made to keep shooting massacres like this from ever happening again."

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