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Heightened Security In Washington
WASHINGTON---(WENY) Security has been heightened at landmarks throughout our nation's capital, including the Capitol Building, which itself was put on lockdown Monday afternoon. The Senate was also put on lockdown as a security precaution. There's no word yet on when that might be lifted. Everyone from the president to members of Congress are speaking out about this mass shooting tragedy.
Police swarmed the navy yard - located in Southeast Washington DC - shortly after 8:15 Monday morning for reports of a shooting there. Little would they know, hours later, at least a dozen would be confirmed dead.
President Obama appeared at a previously scheduled press conference to discuss the five-year anniversary of the recession. He said he was briefed about the situation, and called for a "seamless investigation" so that federal and local officials can work together. The President said, "We are confronting yet another mass shooting and today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capitol. It's a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women going to work, doing their job protecting all of us."
There was a heightened security presence throughout Washington. At the Capitol Building, extra police officers patrolled the grounds.
House and Senate office buildings were open most of the day. The Senate was scheduled to return to work this afternoon, but then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the floor to make these brief remarks, "In light of the events at the Navy Yard, we've decided to recess the Senate until tomorrow morning."
Many members of Congress took to social media to respond to the shootings. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted, "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today's tragic Navy Yard shooting and their families."
And Congressman Tom Reed released this statement, "As we continue to follow developments in Washington, D.C. at the Navy Yard, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those impacted by the senseless violence. As always, we thank our first responders and law enforcement personnel on the scene today."
The House and Senate are scheduled to be back in session tomorrow.