Obama laments "horrific" shooting in Texas military base

November 5, 2009 11:33 pm 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 — U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday lamented the "horrific" shooting case in a military base in Texas, killing at least 12 and injuring 31 others.

"These are men and women who have made the selfless and courageous decision to risk and at times give their lives to protect the rest of us on a daily basis," Obama said when he delivered speech at the closing ceremony of the tribal nations conference.

"It's difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil," he said.

Christopher Hogue, U.S. Army spokesman at Fort Hood, told reporters that the shootings took place 1:30 p.m. CST (1930 GMT). The shooter soldier was included in the number of death and another two soldier suspects have been apprehended.

Obama said that the White House is working with Pentagon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security to make sure that Fort Hood is secure and the community there has the full resources of the federal government.

"I hope in the meantime that all of you recognize the scope of this tragedy, and keep everybody in their thoughts and prayers," said the president. (PNA/Xinhua)

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