Nashville, Tenn. (July 16, 2015) – Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini has released the following statement on today’s tragic shootings at the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center and an Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Chattanooga.

“Our hearts break for the victims of today’s shootings. The military officers and police, some of the city’s finest and bravest, were simply doing their jobs and serving their communities when this senseless act of violence occurred. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims and to the officer who is now receiving medical attention.

We are relieved that this terrible ordeal is over and are glad for the swift organized reaction and coordinated response between local, state, federal law enforcement agencies, emergency personnel and city officials that kept the people of Chattanooga safe.

We offer our heartfelt support and grieve alongside the families, law enforcement, city officials and the entire Chattanooga.”