Dark Knight Rises Shooting: President Obama, Mitt Romney, Issue Statements About Horrific Event

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.

Obama said:

“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 added:

“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.

[You can read more about the tragedy here.]

Here are some reactions to the shooting from the political and celebrity world.

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