'Dark Knight Rises' Shooting: Hollywood, Obama, Romney React to the Tragedy

'Dark Knight' Shooting
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Updated on Friday, July 20 at 3:20 EST

A midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado turned deadly early Friday morning when a gunman opened fired in the theater, leaving at least 12 people dead and 38 wounded, according to NBC.

Police said the gunman -- later identified as James Holmes, 24 -- had appeared at the front of the theater during the movie and released a canister which let out a hissing sound, which is believed to be tear gas. Witnesses told reporters that gunfire erupted during a shootout scene in the film. The shooting is still under investigation and the suspected gunman is in custody.

According to reports, The Dark Knight Rises Paris premiere has been cancelled in the wake of the tragedy. “Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time," a rep said in a statement.

Celebrities are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. See their reactions.

President 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."

Piers Morgan: "Horrendous details from this Colorado cinema shooting. America has got to do something about its gun laws. Now is the time."

Mitt Romney: "We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief. We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice."

Chris Evans: "what the hell is happening? my heart is completely shattered. all of my thoughts and prayers are with the people of aurora"

Melissa Gilbert: "Just saw news about shooting in Colo. stunned and saddened. Prayers to all."

Billy Ray Cyrus: “Oh no ! Just woke up and turned on the news "14 dead 50 hurt in Batman movie shooting". Praying for victims. So sorry and sad.”'

Eva Longoria: “My heart goes out to all the people affected in the Aurora, CO shooting. May God be with that town and their families...”

Kurt Warner: "My heart goes out 2 families effected by tragedy in Denver! Why must the world have so much hate & violence? We need more Love & Jesus!"

Paula Deen: "My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and families in Aurora, Colorado this morning."

Erin Andrews: "Thinking abt everyone in Colorado.."

Alyssa Milano: “No. Colorado shooting. My heart aches. Prayers for the victims and families.”

Mark Ballas: "Just heard about the Denver shootings.. My prayers go out to all the families..."

DJ Pauly D: "My condolences and prayers go out to the victims and families in The #theatershooting #tragic #ColoradoShooting"

Harry Shum Jr.: "My heart goes out to all the victims in Colorado. This is just insane."

LeBron James: "So u telling me I can't even feel safe at the movies now!!? SMH. My prayers goes out to all the families involved in Aurora, Colorado."

Whoopi Goldberg: "a mad man has shattered lives forever in Colorado To everyone who helped folks get to safety in that theatre THANK YOU for your bravery"

Melissa Gorga: "I'm watching the news... My heart goes out to those Colorado families. This is devastating. I'm praying for the 3 month old."

Cheryl Burke: "My heart goes out to all the families and victims in Aurora, Colorado. This is insane!!"

Kevin Smith: "My heart goes out to all the families of the victims in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. F***ing horrific."

J.R. Martinez: "The #shooter will never pay enough for the lifetime of #pain he created. #prayers our to the #survivors #victims & #familymembers #tragic."

Ryan Seacrest: "Thinking about the families who were affected by this horrible incident in Colorado. My thoughts and prayers are with you all."

Michael Moore: "Too sad at the moment to comment."

John Stamos: "what devastating news to wake up to. my heart is with everyone involved in the Aurora #theatershooting. what the world needs now is..."

Jessica Simpson: "Praying for the victims and families of those involved in the shooting in Colorado. My heart is broken. So awful. God Bless..."

Giuliana Rancic: "Chills & tears watching coverage of #Aurora shootings. Praying for the innocent lives lost & those in hospital. What a tragedy."

Haylie Duff: "Listening to the radio coverage re: the Colorado movie theater shooting. So devastating for the families."

Vinny Guadagnino: "My prayers go out to the victims of the Aurora shooting and their families."

Jonathan Cheban: "My prayers and thoughts go out to the victims and their families of the Colorado theater shooting!"

Snooki: "My prayers go out to the victims and families of the Colorado theater shooting.#justicewillbeserved."

Ashley Tisdale: "Saying a prayer for #Aurora. So sad to hear the news, u r all in my thoughts."

Mario Lopez: "My thoughts & prayers go out to all the families of the victims of the senseless crime in Colorado. As a father, I'm devastated to hear such a tragedy occur. Going to hug my daughter a little tighter tonight... God bless."

Reggie Bush: "My thoughts & prayers go out to the family members of the people that lost their lives at the Batman Movie screening in Aurora, Colorado. There are some sick people in this world..."

Michael Strahan: "Thoughts and prayers with victims and families of the horrific shooting in Colorado!! Sad situation"

Donald Trump: “At least 12 dead and 50 wounded in Colorado--bring back fast trials & death penalty for mass murderers & terrorists.”

Ellen DeGeneres: "The news from Denver is just devastating. My heart is with the families affected by this senseless tragedy."

Bryan Greenberg: "Awful news about the Colorado Dark Knight shooting. Thoughts go out to all the victims. #GunControlNow"

Olivia Munn: "My sincerest condolences to the victims and families in Colorado. So sad, so mindless."

Lisa Rinna: “My heart and prayers goes out to the people of Aurora colorado. Senseless violence and killing has to stop. Tragic.”

Carson Daly: "Praying for those affected in #Aurora. Tragic beyond all belief. God bless you."

Bret Michaels: "Our thoughts & prayers are with the victims & families regarding the senseless acts that took place."

Kristin Cavallari: "Wow..waking up to news about the shooting in Aurora, CO. My heart goes out to all the families. So sad."

Anderson Cooper: "Hearing accounts from people inside theater. It's so terrible. So tragic. My thoughts are with all those killed, wounded and their families."

Ellen DeGeneres: "The news from Denver is just devastating. My heart is with the families affected by this senseless tragedy."

Paula Deen: “My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and families in Aurora, Colorado this morning.”

LeAnn Rimes: "The movies will never be the same again. So sorry and sad for the lost and the families victimized last night in Colorado. Peace be with you all."

Bethenny Frankel: "The news from Denver is unbelievable. My thoughts and prayers are with the families that have been affected."

Katie Couric: “This shooting in Colorado is beyond horrific. Such upsetting news.”

Khloe Kardashian: "My heart goes out to everyone who was affected by the shooting in Colorado early this morning. I'm praying for you ALL!"

 

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