Speaker of the House and West Chester resident John Boehner released a statement Friday morning in response to the tragedy that took place during a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie.
“Confronted with incomprehensible evil, Americans pull together and embrace our national family more tightly. I join President Obama, and every American, in sending my thoughts and prayers to the victims of this awful tragedy. We will all stand with them, as one nation, in the days ahead.”
According to the Associated Press, a man in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area movie theater just after midnight, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.
The AP is also reporting that the suspect was taken into custody and identified by federal law enforcement officials as 24-year-old James Holmes. Authorities did not release a motive.
President Barack Obama also issued a statement Friday morning, which he shared on his campaign website barackobama.com.
“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.”
For more on the story, Cincinnati.com is sharing updates and photos from the AP, as well live video from Gannett affiliates in Denver.