JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local lawmakers are responding to the violence at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
Senator Bill Nelson said:
"Right now our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by today's tragedy, especially the families of those who were killed and injured. Meantime, we will do everything we can to find out how this happened and what we can do to guard against it happening again."
Senator Marco Rubio said:
"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families impacted by today's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. The brave men and women of our military sacrifice so much for our country and often endure great hardships abroad, and it's sickening to see them attacked like this while serving stateside, along with their civilian colleagues. As we learn more about who was behind this and what their motivations were, it is imperative that justice be served.
"Every day, we should give thanks for the millions of first responders working across America who are the first on the scene when tragedies like this occur. Today, we are especially grateful to Washington area first responders who have served with courage on a nightmarish day.
"May God bless them, the victims, their families and our entire armed forces who have suffered a great loss today."