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“The Dark Knight Rises” tragedy: Statement from President Obama

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Tragedy in Colorado. Authorities are saying a lone gunman opened fire during a midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado — at least 12 people were killed and 38 injured.  The suspect has been tentatively identified as 24-year-old James Holmes. Witnesses say tear gas was tossed into the theater before the gunfire erupted.

Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama paused for a moment of silence in Fort Myers, Florida today for the victims of the Colorado movie theater shooting July 20, 2012

Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama paused for a moment of silence in Fort Myers, Florida today for the victims of the Colorado movie theater shooting July 20, 2012

This morning the White House released a statement from President Barack Obama about the movie massacre.

President Barack Obama:

“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.”

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Meanwhile, security has been tightened at screenings of “The Dark Knight Rises” from New York City to the Southland.

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