President Barack Obama offered the condolences of the American people to the families of four Marines who were killed in an attack on two military facilities in Chattanooga Thursday morning, and vowed an "thorough and prompt" investigation.
"My main message right now is obviously the deepest sympathies of the American people to the four marines that have been killed," Obama said Thursday afternoon, hours after a gunman killed four Marines and at a reserve center.
"It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who have served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion," Obama said.
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"We take all shootings very seriously. Obviously when you have an attack on a U.S. military facility, then we have to make sure that we have all the information necessary to make an assessment in terms of how this attack took place and what further precautions we can take in the future," Obama said.
"I'd ask all Americans to pray for the families who are grief-stricken at this point," Obama said. "And I want everybody to understand that we will be through and prompt in figuring out exactly what happened."