March 2, 2011
President Barack Obama says he's "saddened and outraged" by the shooting in Frankfurt, Germany, that killed two U.S. Air Force personnel and injured two others.
The president says the United States will spare no effort in finding out how the "outrageous" act took place and will ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. Obama called it a tragedy.
The president made his brief comments in a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room during the regular daily briefing Wednesday.
Rep. Patrick Meehan says a shooting looks like it could be a terrorist attack. Meehan made clear he did not have all the facts about the shooting and was still being briefed by his staff.
Meehan, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, made the remarks Wednesday as he was wrapping up a hearing about al-Qaida. Meehan is the chairman of the subcommittee that focuses on terrorism and intelligence.
Police in Germany say a gunman fired shots at U.S. soldiers on a bus outside a Frankfurt airport, killing the bus driver and a passenger. Two others were wounded before the gunman was taken into custody.
Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt says the attack Wednesday afternoon came as the bus sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport.
The U.S. Army Europe said it had no immediate information on the incident but was checking it. The U.S. military has several major bases in the Frankfurt region, often used as a logistical hub for operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.