President Obama addresses Kalamazoo shooting spree; pledges federal support

Posted at 12:28 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 12:28:40-05

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he’s pledging all needed federal assistance in responding to a weekend shooting rampage in Kalamazoo. The president was speaking to an annual meeting of U.S. governors. He said he spoke Monday with Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley, and Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller.

President Obama said Kalamazoo was “terrorized by gun violence.”

The president used the occasion to renew his call for further steps to reduce gun violence, sayin governors must be tired of seeing mass shootings in their states.

Obama also cited the shooting spree in San Bernardino, California, late last year that killed 14. He said the hard truth is the U.S. probably lost more Americans over the past weekend than in San Bernardino.

The Associated Press contributed to this report