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Chattanoogans gather at prayer vigil after recruiting center shootings

My main message right now is, obviously, the deepest sympathies of the American people to the four Marines that have been killed.  It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who have served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion. And although the families are still in the process of being contacted, I want them to know that I speak for the American people in expressing our deepest condolences, and knowing that they have our full support as they try to overcome the grief that's involved here. I also want to say that there are reports of injuries to Chattanooga local law enforcement officials.  Thankfully, as far as we know at this point, they have survived the assault.  And we want to make sure that they know that we're thinking of them.  They're in our thoughts and prayers. 

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President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Thursday, July 16, 2015, on the shooting in Chattanooga. Obama is promising a thorough and prompt investigation into an attack at two military sites that killed at least four Marines. The president is calling the shooting a "heartbreaking circumstance."

I am heartbroken by the tragic shootings that have taken place today in my hometown. We have been in touch with federal, state and local officials and continue to monitor developments and have offered our assistance. This is a difficult day for Tennesseans and our thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this tragedy.

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in this May 22, 2015, file photo.

I am deeply saddened to hear of today's horrific events in our hometown of Chattanooga. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I have been in contact with state and local officials to monitor any developments. I have the utmost confidence in our law enforcement agencies to handle this situation in a swift and professional manner.

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House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick

This has been a tragic day for Chattanooga and Southeast Tennessee. My heart and prayers go out to everyone involved in this horrendous situation. I have spoken with local, state and federal officials and will continue to monitor this situation closely.

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Rep. Chuck Fleischmann speaks at the Times Free Press in this file photo.
Washington, DC — Following today's shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee which left four U.S. Marines dead, Violence Policy Center (VPC) Executive Director Josh Sugarmann issued the following statement: "Another day in America, another mass shooting. While we are still learning the facts behind this latest mass murder, easy access to increasingly lethal firearms is the one factor that is almost constant in these attacks. Lives are lost, families are devastated, and communities are scarred, yet all too often we look for answers while ignoring the very tools that are commonly used to perpetrate these heinous acts. Until this changes, such horrific events are inevitable.

 

Terrible tragedy. Time for us to pull together
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Rep. Joanne Favors, D-Chattanooga
 

(Federal officials) pointed out the incredible braveryof the sheriff's office and the Chattanooga police and the efficiency.Everybody responded to perfection. It's so important that the governor be engaged.
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State Sen. Bo Watson is interviewed by editors during a meeting at the Times Free Press.

Horrific incident in our community. We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected. Our hearts are broken for the families of the four Marines killed in today's terrible act of violence. They are in our prayers.

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Mayor Andy Berke delivers his second State of the City address at The Chattanoogan hotel in this file photo.

 

Today a tragic incident took place in our community. Following the shooting incident which occurred this morning on Amnicola Highway, Erlanger's Trauma Center received three shooting victims, a Chattanooga police officer and two members of the military. One of those patients was discharged from Erlanger this afternoon; the other two are still being treated. Erlanger officials continue to work closely with the Mayor's Office, Chattanooga Police Department, Hamilton County Emergency Operations Center and federal officials. More information will be released on the condition of the remaining gunshot victims as it becomes available. Our facility remains open to patients. Emergency patients are still being accepted, and everyone has the ability to arrive and depart from our hospital. Please join our staff in keeping the families and victims of this terrible tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.

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Erlanger Hospital is seen from the UTC library's balcony in this Dec. 9, 2014, file photo.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Marines who were killed in the horrific attack in Chattanooga today. These Marines perished while serving our country and I know that our community in Northwest Georgia is forever grateful for their sacrifice.

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U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, right, and his wife Julie.

I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence that has been carried out on our military facilities in Chattanooga today, resulting in the deaths of four Marines. This is a heartbreaking loss for our nation's military and the entire Chattanooga community. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those involved and the people of Chattanooga. I know that the community will come together to help each other heal.

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House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade subcommittee member Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn, asks questions in this file photo.
Today my thoughts are with the military and law enforcement officials shot today in my home city of Chattanooga. This horrific shooting should be a call to action to strengthen our gun laws. There are common sense measures we can take that would prevent gun violence while respecting the Second Amendment.
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Ron Littlefield, former Chattanooga Mayor
We are tremendously saddened by today's shooting in our home town of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our hearts are with the families of the brave Marines who died today and with the police officer and two bystanders who were shot and injured in this cowardly act. We condemn this act in the strongest possible terms as one of cowardice and hate. At the Islamic Center of Greater Chattanooga, we don't see our community center as a "Muslim" community; we are Chattanoogans first, and we see ourselves as part of the larger community of Tennesseans grieving today's act.
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Bassam Issa
My heart goes out to everyone affected by today's shooting in Chattanooga. We are reminded all too often that gun violence can strike at any time. It's heartbreaking that those who put their lives on the line in the military and in law enforcement have yet again been caught in the line of fire right here at home. We can and we must do more to reduce gun violence by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people who should not have them.
Tennessee and Chattanooga responded like I thought they would, with an outpouring of love and support.
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Associated Press file photoRepublican Gov. Bill Haslam speaks on April 23 at the state Capitol in Nashville.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and colleagues of those injured in the shooting today. While we don't know all the details yet, it is once again clear the damage that can be done when a dangerous person gets hold of a gun. Tennesseans must stand up and demand more from elected leaders to prevent the gun violence that kills 88 Americans and injures hundreds more every single day.
The tragedy in Chattanooga is both devastating and senseless.

 

 

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