Obama says he is 'shocked' by Colorado shooting
President Barack Obama says he is "shocked and saddened" by a deadly shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater. He is urging the nation to "come together as one American family."
Obama says he and first lady Michelle Obama were shocked by the "horrific and tragic" shooting. Obama says his administration will do everything they can to support the people of Aurora, Colo.
A gunman opened fire early Friday at a theater on the opening night of the latest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Authorities say 12 people were killed and 59 others were injured.
Obama was in Florida at the time of the shooting. The White House says Obama was informed of the shooting by his Homeland Security Advisor, John Brennan, at 5:26 a.m. EDT.
At a Florida campaign event Friday, the president pre-empted his planned speech to talk about the impact of the shooting. He said the incident "reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family."
Obama asked for a moment of silence Friday and focused his shortened remarks exclusively on the tragedy.
Obama and challenger Mitt Romney both moved to pull down negative advertising. Romney, too, was scheduled to comment on the shooting during his own campaign appearance in New Hampshire.
Obama said the shooting underscores how "our time here is limited and it is precious." He said Friday should be devoted to prayer and reflection.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney put out this statement:
"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."