Obama Calls Navy Yard Shooting ‘Cowardly Act’

By Melanie Arter | September 16, 2013 | 1:52 PM EDT

President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama on Monday called for a “seamless” investigation into the Navy Yard shooting massacre and pledged to do everything in his power to make sure whoever is responsible for this “cowardly act is held responsible.”

“I’ve made it clear to my team that I want the investigation to be seamless so that federal and local authorities are working together, and as this investigation moves forward, we will do everything in our power to make sure whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible,” Obama said at the White House prior to delivering remarks on the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis.

D.C. police confirmed that one shooter is dead, and authorities are looking for two other men dressed in military garb who may have been involved in the attack, according to the Washington Times.

The nation is “confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital,” Obama said.

“It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work doing their job, protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they face the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home,” the president said.

Obama expressed gratitude for the Navy and local and federal law enforcement authorities as well as “the doctors who responded with skill and bravery.”

“We send our thoughts and prayers to all at the Navy Yard who’ve been touched by this tragedy. We thank them for their service. We stand with the families of those who have been harmed,” Obama said.

“They’re going to need our love and support, and as we learn more about the courageous Americans who died today, their lives, their families, their patriotism, we will honor their service to the nation they helped to make great,” the president added.

Obama said there will be a thorough investigation into the shooting massacre and what can be done to prevent such an event in the future.