Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the tragic mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
I was saddened to hear about the terrible events at the Washington Navy Yard this morning, and I have been closely following events as they unfold there. There are still few details on what led to this tragedy, or who the perpetrator or perpetrators may be. But according to early reports several people were killed and several more were injured, including a Washington Metropolitan Police officer and a military police officer.
My sympathies are with the families of those who died. My thoughts are with those who were injured. And my best wishes go out to all those who work in the Navy Yard complex and the surrounding neighborhood.
I commend the first responders who rushed to the scene for their professionalism. And my thanks go to all the brave law enforcement officials who are on the scene and who put their lives on the line to keep the city safe today.
I urge everyone in the area to follow law enforcement direction for their own safety, whether that means sheltering in place or simply avoiding the Navy Yard area today.
I will continue to follow this situation as it develops. And I will ensure that every federal resource is made available to support law enforcement and the military community and to bring those responsible for this terrible attack to justice.
I’ve spoken with the Senate Sergeant at Arms as well as the Republican Leader, and in light of events at the Navy Yard we have decided to recess the Senate until Tuesday morning.