Obama: Kalamazoo ‘terrorized by gun violence’

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

WASHINGTON D.C. (AP/WOOD) — President Barack Obama says he’s pledging all needed federal assistance in responding to a weekend shooting rampage in the Kalamazoo-area.

Obama is speaking to an annual meeting of U.S. governors. He says he spoke Monday with the mayor of Kalamazoo and with the local police chief and sheriff.

Obama says Kalamazoo was “terrorized by gun violence.” He says families are shattered.

A total of six people were killed and two others were injured, including a 14-year-old girl who is in critical condition.

>>PHOTOS: Kalamazoo County shooting rampage

The president is using the occasion to renew his call for further steps to reduce gun violence. He says governors must be tired of seeing mass shootings in their states.

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

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