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Obama: Colorado shooting is 'horrific and tragic'

8:03 AM, Jul 20, 2012   |    comments
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By Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY

President Obama expressed shock and sadness this morning about the shooting spree at a Colorado movie theater that has left at least 14 dead and wounded 50 others.

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Obama called the shooting "horrific and tragic" and said his administration stands ready to help the people of Aurora, Colo.

"We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded," Obama said in a statement.

"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."

The President was notified of the shooting by his deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, John Brennan, at 5:26 a.m. EST, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Obama is in Florida on the second day of a two-day campaign trip.

In a statement, GOP's likely presidential nominee Mitt Romney called the violence "senseless."

"We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief," Romney said. "We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice."

A gunman opened fire early Friday at a suburban Denver movie theater on the opening night of the latest Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, killing 14 people and injuring at least 50 others, AP reports. A suspect is in custody.


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