BOSTON—Both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were quick to offer statements on the early Friday morning shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.
According to the White House, Obama, who is in Palm Beach, Fla., on a campaign trip, was notified of the shooting by John Brennan, his homeland security adviser. He later issued a statement:
Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and 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, who spent the night at his Boston home and is set to campaign in New Hampshire later today, also issued a 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.