UPDATE: 2:30pm EST
Obama orders US flags be flown at half-staff until July 25 as ‘mark of respect’ for shooting victims in Colorado – White House
UPDATE 10:50am EST
President Obama addressed a crowd in Fort Myers, FL where he was scheduled for a campaign event. As the tragic shooting in Aurora, CO has shaken America, Obama briefly addressed the crowd before a last minute decision to fly back to Washington DC.
While in Fort Myers, Obama told the crowd:
“There will be other days for politics, this is a day for prayer and reflection.”
Obama closed out his speech with a moment of silence.
President Barack Obama and the First Lady have expressed their thoughts on the Aurora, Denver shooting which left 14 people dead and 50 wounded during a Dark Knight Rises midnight screening.
In an official statement from the White House, Obama said:
“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado.”
The gunman, who is now in custody, stood at the entrance of the theater and began to shoot randomly into the crowd at about 12:30 a.m. at a multiplex theater in a mall in Aurora, which is just 25 miles from Columbine.
Officials did not release the suspect’s name, but he was taken into custody. There is no evidence of any other attackers and no immediate motive.
According to multiple news sources, the suspect spoke of “possible explosives” in his residence.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said 10 victims died at the theater and four at area hospitals.
Two people in critical condition were rushed to nearby Swedish Medical Center, spokeswoman Nicole Williams said.
She said emergency crews told her staff to prepare for several more patients from the shooting scene.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Aurora.