Celebrity reaction is starting to pour in following the shooting deaths of 12 people inside an Aurora, Colorado movie theater on Friday morning. At least 38 other people were seriously injured after a gunman opened fired during a movie screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
The gunman, who was wearing a gas mask, reportedly set off a smoke bomb then walked up to the front of the screen in one of the theaters and opened fire.CNN reports that the shooter used an “AK type” rifle, shogun and two handguns during the chaos.
The tragedy has prompted some celebrities to share their condolences.
Cheryl Burke tweets, “My heart goes out to all the families and victims in Aurora, Colorado. This is insane!” And Eva Longoria adds, “My heart goes out to all the people affected in the Aurora, Colorado shooting. May God be with that town and their families.
TV Chef Paula Deen was also disturbed by the event, writing, “My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and families in Aurora, Colorado this morning.” And retired NFL star Kurt Warner had this to say: ”My heart goes out to families effected by tragedy in Denver! Why must the world have so much hate and violence? We need more love and Jesus!”
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle issued this statement:
“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.”