County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

Statement from County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III - Shootings at Navy Yard

For Immediate Release: 9/16/2013 5:30 PM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson / (240) 619-9400

Upper Marlboro, MD – Today, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III released the following statement following the tragic mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC:

“Today is a sad day in America as another mass shooting has tragically ended lives, disrupted families, and violated our sense of safety and security. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims and the dedicated people of the Defense Department, other Federal government agencies,  the District of Columbia government and the Metropolitan Police Department. We proudly stand in solidarity with our neighbors around the metropolitan region as we grieve the loss of those who were our residents, neighbors and friends.   

The stories, accounts and images from today’s horrible event will be forever etched in our minds.  As the days go by we will learn how this tragedy occurred, but we will struggle with reconciling why.  Incidents like this remind us how important our fire, police and military first responders are in our lives.  They work diligently to ensure that we are safe and secure while sacrificing so much to keep us out of harm’s way.  God bless them and their families for their unwavering commitment to the people of this region and the United States of America.”​