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Obama: 'Shocked and Saddened' By Theater Killings

President Obama said in a statement Friday that he and his wife, Michelle were "shocked and saddened" by what he called "the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado."

The gunman, identified by police as James Holmes, 24, opened fire Friday morning on a crowded Colorado movie theater, killing 12 and wounding dozens, the Associated Press reported. Police had originally reported 14 dead. An FBI spokesman told AP that there was no indication thus far of any links to terrorism.

 

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In the statement, Obama added: "As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family."

The President will make an address on the shooting at an event in Ft. Myers, Fla., at 11:20 am Friday, according to a campaign spokesperson.

 

Mitt Romney also released a statement Friday saying he and his wife, Ann, were "saddened" by the "senseless violence."

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The shooting took place in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, during a showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” according to the AP.

Police took a suspect into custody, according to AP. In an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday, a spokesman for the Aurora police said the suspect was wearing a gas mask and unleashed some sort of canister that made a hissing noise, then opened fire. A suspect was found near a car behind the movie theater, according to AP.

 

 

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