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September 16, 2013

Oklahoma Sen. Corey Brooks in Washington D.C. at time of shooting

Sen. Brooks: "It's a big threat we need to address" -expresses concern for families of victims

DUNCAN — Oklahoma Sen. Corey Brooks was about four miles away in Washington D.C. today when the Navy Yard shooting happened. Brooks was there on Naval Reserve assignment and said everything was immediately on lockdown.

The shooting occurred about 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and so far 12 people have been confirmed as dead, according to the Associated Press reports.

Brooks, R-Washington, Okla., told The Banner today, “Obviously, it’s a great tragedy. Any time our men and women, our civilians are put in harms way on our soil, it’s a big threat we need to address.”

Brooks ran for senate and was elected in November 2012. He is a graduate of the U.S. College of Naval Command and Staff and earned a master’s degree in strategic planning at the U.S. Naval War College.

His background also includes leading intelligence teams in Afghanistan.

Brooks said he is familiar with the Navy Yard where the shooting occurred.

The latest report from AP noted that a police officer and two civilians wounded are expected to survive. One of the shooters who was killed, has been identified as a Aaron Alexis, a Fort Worth, Texas, man, who was under civilian contract. A manhunt is under way for another suspected shooter. Brooks said that the news reports on the main TV networks such as CNN seem to be accurate.

Brooks said that he is now on his way home to Oklahoma and doesn’t anticipate any problems.

Derrick Miller contributed to this web exclusive report.

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