President Barack Obama said Friday he met with Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller and other officials to review what is known about Maj. Nidal Hasan and the circumstances surrounding the officer's alleged shooting rampage at Ft. Hood Army Base.
Entering the Rose Garden to make a brief statement about the Ft. Hood killings and the economy, Obama cautioned Americans against "jumping to conclusions" regarding the shooter and his motivations. In addition, he requested prayers for the victims and their families as well as for service members serving in harm's way to protect the nation.
Furthermore, the president ordered all flags on federal buildings to be lowered to half staff until Veterans Day which is next Wednesday.
Obama's Ft. Hood related remarks:
"I want to begin by offering an update on the tragedy that too place at Ft. Hood. This morning I met with FBI Director Mueller and the relevant agencies to discuss their ongoing investigation into what caused one individual to turn his gun on fellow servicemen and women.
"We don't know all the answers yet and I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts. What we do know is that there are families friends and an entire nation grieving right now for the valiant men and women who came under attack yesterday in one of the worst mass shootings ever to take place on an American military base.
So from now until Veterans Day I've ordered the flags at the White House and other federal buildings to be flown at half staff. This is a modest tribute to those who lost their lives even as many were preparing to risk their lives for their country. And it's also recognition of the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to protect our safety and uphold our values.
We honor their service; we stand in awe of their sacrifice and we pray for the safety of those who fight and for the families of those who have fallen. And as we continue to learn more about what happened at Ft. Hood this administration will continue to provide you updates in the coming days and weeks.