’Senseless act’: Leaders react to deadly Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting

Officials are reacting after Wednesday's deadly shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.
Officials are reacting after Wednesday's deadly shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.(Hawaii News Now)
Published: Dec. 5, 2019 at 10:50 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Leaders across the state and nation are speaking out about Wednesday’s shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard that left three dead, including the gunman.

On Wednesday, Gov. David Ige said the White House has offered assistance in the wake of the shooting.

"I join in solidarity with the people of Hawaii as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting," Ige said, in a statement.

On Thursday morning, the White House said President Donald Trump was keeping a close eye on the situation. However, he has not yet publicly commented.

Meanwhile, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a statement, saying the Medical Examiner’s Office is assisting with the investigation, and the city will be ready to provide additional help as needed.

"We share in the sorrow of today's tragic shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and are thankful for the actions of our federal and state partners, as well as the city's first responders who rushed to the scene, which includes personnel from HPD, HFD, and emergency services."

Some members of Hawaii's Congressional delegation, including U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, also sent their condolences via Twitter.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a McKinley High School graduate, spoke out about the shooting, calling Wednesday’s incident “senseless."

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said in a statement that his thoughts are with the families at this time.

“For over a century, the Navy, their local civilian colleagues, and the greater Pearl Harbor community have worked together every day to protect our nation,” Schatz said.

"That legacy is deeply woven into our history and our state. While we honor the memory of those whose lives were tragically cut short, we also offer our gratitude to the Navy and local first responders who quickly took action with skill and courage.”

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami added, in a statement, “We are all shaken by this senseless act of violence. All of Hawaii hurts when our ohana gets hurt. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and all who serve our country at the shipyard. We send our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”

And Honolulu Councilmember Kymberly Pine issued a statement that said, “I am shocked and saddened at the news that multiple people have been hurt in an active shooter situation at Pearl Harbor. This is rattling for our community and my heart goes out to the families of the victims and emergency responders who are on the scene now.”

This story will be updated.

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