In her role as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement on Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernadino, Calif.
Fourteen people were shot at a holiday party for county health workers in the Southern California town, according to the Los Angeles Times. Police later killed two suspects in a shootout.
Here is Rawlings-Blake’s full statement, which was released through the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Wednesday night:
“The carnage continues. Today’s all-too-familiar bulletin on a mass shooting comes out of San Bernardino. Today’s body count, at least 14 in early reports, may be the highest since the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy nearly three years ago.
“Tonight America’s mayors again reach out to all of the victims, their families, and the community that has been devastated by this horrific act,” Rawlings-Blake said. “While we don’t know what motivated this mass shooting, we do know that as a nation we need to fight back against gun violence. Along with the rest of America, we wait and watch as law enforcement officials continue to respond and begin to determine how and why this tragedy occurred.”