May 11th, 2009
05:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama 'saddened' by Baghdad shooting

WASHINGTON (CNN) – White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Obama is "saddened" by Monday's news that an American soldier shot and killed five of his fellow troops at Camp Liberty in Baghdad.

"The President's heart goes out to the families and friends of all the service members involved in this horrible tragedy," Gibbs said at Monday's White House briefing.

"He was shocked by the news of this incident and will press to ensure that we fully understand what happened at the clinic and that we are doing everything we can to ensure that our men and women in uniform are protected," Gibbs said. "He plans on seeing Secretary Gates this afternoon and will raise this matter then."

The shooting took place at 2 p.m. local (6 a.m. ET) at the U.S. military base. The soldier is now in custody.

Updated 5:15 p.m. With written statement from the president.

President Obama issued the following statement Monday evening about the shootings:

"I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news from Camp Victory this morning, and my heart goes out to the families and friends of all the service members involved in this horrible tragedy. I will press to ensure that we fully understand what led to this tragedy, and that we are doing everything we can to ensure that our men and women in uniform are protected as they serve our country so capably and courageously in harm’s way. To begin this process, I met with Secretary Gates this afternoon to get a briefing on the situation."

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  1. DT

    I am sure the liberals will ultimately put the blame for this on Bush.
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    Well Im active duty and he had us out there in the first place...so yeah...

    May 11, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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