Meridian Star

September 17, 2013

Local commander reacts to Washington shootings

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — The commander of Naval Air Station Meridian, Navy Capt. Chris Moore, showed why even hundreds of miles away, a tragedy like the one being experienced by family members of the Washington Navy Yard shootings Monday morning, impacts all Americans

    "The NAS Meridian family is saddened by the events of this morning at the Washington Navy Yard," Moore said in a statement Monday afternoon. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their family members, and their

co-workers as they try to deal with this tragedy."

    At least 13 people died Monday during the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, officials said. One gunman died in the shooting, and police are seeking another possible shooter.

    The suspected gunman was identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old civilian contractor from Queens, N.Y.

    "As this relates to us locally, NAS Meridian remains open for business.  It's our long-standing policy not to discuss specific security measures at our installation, we continually review and adjust security measures as appropriate to ensure the security of the installation and everyone who works and lives here," Moore said. "Our security force is always ready, vigilant and alert."