President Barack Obama spoke about the shooting at a news conference Monday.
“We are confronting yet another mass shooting,” Obama said. “It’s a shooting that targeted military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work, to do their job to protect us. They’re patriots. We offer our gratitude to the Navy, local law enforcement, federal authorities and the doctors who’ve responded with skill and bravery.”
“The suspect, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, is among the 13 who are dead. Born in Queens, NY, he was a military contractor for Hewlett Packard who recently lived in Fort Worth, TX ,…, was a full-time reservist from 2007 to 2011. He left the Navy on Jan. 31, 2011, as a petty officer third class; he was not discharged but left under a cloud because of a pattern of misconduct.”