- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Officials react to the shooting rampage at Fort Hood on Wednesday that killed four people, including the suspected gunmen, and injured 14 others:

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“They serve with valor. They serve with distinction, and when they’re at their home base, they need to feel safe. We don’t yet know what happened tonight, but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again.” - President Barack Obama.

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“There is nothing more important to us as an institution than the safety and well-being of our people, and for that reason I am grateful to all the first responders who rushed to the scene. We will closely monitor the situation at Fort Hood and stay informed by what investigators and law enforcement personnel learn about the shooting.” - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

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“Today, Fort Hood was once again stricken by tragedy. As Texans, our first priority must be caring for the victims and their families. Ft. Hood has proven its resilience before, and will again. Texas will support those efforts in any way we can, with any resources necessary. The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with everyone affected by this tragedy.” - Gov. Rick Perry.

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“Tonight, Texans’ hearts are once again very heavy. The scenes coming from Fort Hood today are sadly too familiar and still too fresh in our memories. No community should have to go through this horrific violence once, let alone twice. I ask that all Americans join Sandy and me in praying for the victims, their families and the entire Fort Hood community.” - U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

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“Please join me in praying for those at Fort Hood.” - Twitter message from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

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“Tonight, I join countless others in grieving following the senseless violence at Fort Hood. My thoughts and prayers are with all the brave men and women in uniform who serve us at Fort Hood and with their families and loved ones. Perhaps my greatest honor as a legislator is representing the tight-knit community of Fort Hood. While we await more information surrounding this tragedy, I ask that you pray for peace and healing.” - state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, whose district includes Fort Hood.

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“Thoughts and prayers go out to all at Fort Hood and their families.” - Twitter message from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Republican nominee for governor.

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“Texans are united in deep sorrow at this terrible tragedy. Our prayers are with the families and all those who serve at Fort Hood.” - state Sen. Wendy Davis, Democratic nominee for governor.

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