Last night at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, a man shot and killed 12 people while injuring at least 50 more. Details about the disturbing scene have been emerging all morning as people around the country express their grief over the unthinkable act.
Both President Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney have released statements concerning the shooting at the Dark Knight Rises premiere.
“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.”
“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.”
Officials have arrested James Holmes, 24-years-old, for the Dark Knight Rises shooting. Police believe that Holmes acted alone.
According to MSNBC, Holmes was arrested in the movie theater parking lot. He was wearing all-black, a bullet proof vest, and was carrying a knife, a rifle, and a handgun.
Here are some reactions to the shooting from the political and celebrity world.
No. Colorado shooting. My heart aches. Prayers for the victims and families.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 20, 2012
what devastating news to wake up to. my heart is with everyone involved in the Aurora #theatershooting. what the world needs now is…
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) July 20, 2012
My heart goes out to all the families of the victims in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. Fucking horrific. bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-…
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) July 20, 2012
Man. My heart goes out to the families who were effected by that terrorist act in Co. But why was a 3 month old at a midnight premiere?
— Questo of The Roots (@questlove) July 20, 2012
Praying for those affected by the CO shooting last night — our hearts are with you all.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) July 20, 2012
Our thoughts + prayers are w/ Coloradans as they grapple with the random, senseless act of violence that took the lives of innocent people.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 20, 2012
Joining President Obama, & every American, in sending prayers to the victims of this awful tragedy in CO.
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) July 20, 2012