Obama reaffirms support for Germany in wake of shooting

Obama reaffirms support for Germany in wake of shooting
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President Obama on Friday pledged his full support to Germany as it responds to a deadly shooting in Munich. 
Obama said it’s not yet clear “exactly what's happening, but obviously our hearts go out to those who may have been injured.”
“Germany is one of our closest allies, so we are going to pledge all of the support that they may need in dealing with these circumstances,” he said. 
Obama said he was late getting to a previously scheduled meeting with law enforcement officials inside the White House complex because he was being briefed on the incident. 
Counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco updated Obama on the situation in Munich, and the White House said he would continue to receive briefings as the incident unfolds.
A White House statement released more than an hour after the president spoke called the shooting an "apparent terrorist attack." 
Eight people are believed dead and several more wounded during a shooting spree at a shopping mall in Germany’s third largest city. 
Munich police officials have said at least three suspects with rifles are still at large. They have described the incident as “suspected terrorism.”
Obama called the shooting a “good reminder” that “our way of life, our freedoms, our ability to go about our business everyday, raising our kids and seeing them grow up and graduate from high school and now about to leave their dad — I’m sorry, I’m getting a little too personal there — that depends on law enforcement.”
The president’s reference to his older daughter, Malia, who graduated from high school in June, drew laughter from the law enforcement officials in the audience. 
“We have gone through a really tough time these last couple of weeks on a whole bunch of fronts,” he added. “I wanted to come by to make sure all of you knew how grateful the American people are for you service. How appreciative we are of your sacrifice.”