President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have both released statements following the mass shooting at a suburban Denver theater at the opening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” According to the Associated Press, at least 12 people were killed and 50 people were being treated.
Obama was notified of the shooting by Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan at 5:26 a.m. Eastern time. In a statement, Obama said he and first lady Michelle Obama were shocked by the “horrific and tragic shooting” and said federal law enforcement are among those responding.
Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.
Romney said he and wife Ann were deeply saddened by the “senseless violence” and are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims.
Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief. We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.
This post has been updated since it was first published.