U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement concerning the shooting attack at Fort Hood, Texas that left 13 dead and dozens wounded:

“I share the shock that Americans feel today over the horrific shooting attack at Fort Hood, Texas. My thoughts and prayers are with the soldiers and the families of the victims – people who already sacrifice so much every day.

“Troubling reports have come out in the media about possible motives and activities by the alleged attacker. As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I take very seriously any incident that may be inspired or coordinated by foreign terrorist operatives inside our country, and especially within our military. We must be ever vigilant in our determination to find and stop our enemy, which is unyielding in its determination to harm Americans and disrupt our free society. However, until a full investigation by the Army and law enforcement is completed and all facts are known, I urge people to refrain from excessive judgment or worry over what may have motivated this senseless tragedy.

“For now, let’s focus our thoughts on the victims, the families, and the great courage of our men and women in uniform, who risk their lives for our freedom and security at all times and in all places.”