House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon and Ranking Member Adam Smith gave a joint statement on Tuesday following a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that claimed 13 lives and injured 14.
"We're saddened by today's heartbreaking
attack at the Washington Navy Yard," Smith and McKeon said. "Unfortunately, this is not the first time we've seen such a tragedy befall the patriotic personnel working at a U.S. Military installation. There is nothing more cowardly than targeting innocents, and we have full faith in military and law enforcement officials to bring the perpetrators to justice. We send our thoughts and prayers out to the victims and their families."
A man opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, claiming the lives of 13 people; seven of which have been identified as Michael Arnold, 59; Sylvia Frasier, 53; Kathy Gaarde, 62; John Roger Johnson, 73; Frank Kohler, 50; Bernard Proctor, 46; and Vishnu Pandit, 61. The gunman was identified by the FBI as military contractor Aaron Alexis, 34, according to the Washington Post
This marked the largest death toll from a single event in the district since an airliner crashed into the Potomac River in 1982, taking the lives of 78.