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President Obama Reacts to the ‘Horrific and Tragic’ Shooting in Aurora

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(AP) — President Barack Obama says he is “shocked and saddened” by a deadly shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater. He is urging the nation to “come together as one American family.”

Obama says he and first lady Michelle Obama were shocked by the “horrific and tragic” shooting. Obama says his administration will do everything they can to support the people of Aurora, Colo.

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A gunman opened fire early Friday at a theater on the opening night of the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Authorities say 14 people were killed and at least 50 others were injured.

“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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