Obama: 'shocked and saddened' by theater killings

Susan Walsh/AP

President Obama said in a statement Friday that he and his wife, Michelle were "shocked and saddened" by what he called "the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado."

A gunman opened fire Friday morning on a crowded Colorado movie theater, killing 12 and wounding at least 50, the Associated Press reported.

In the statement, Obama added: "As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family."

The shooting took place in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, during  a showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” according to the AP.

Police took a suspect into custody.

Mitt Romney also released a statement Friday saying he and his wife, Ann, were "saddened" by the "senseless violence."

This story has been updated to reflect a change in official reports on the number of people killed in the shootings.

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