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Colo. Sen. Michael Bennett:

“This was horrible, senseless and abhorrent act. My family and I are shocked and deeply saddened this morning and our hearts are with the victims and their families. My staff and I are in contact with and offering our support to law enforcement and medical officials as they respond to the shooting.”

 

Colo. Rep. Cory Gardner:

“Colorado and the nation woke up this morning to news of horrendous tragedy; our prayers are with each and every one of the victims and their families. Law enforcement is doing what they do best — acting bravely in the face of violence and we are all grateful for their service. In the hours and days to come, we will learn the answers we so desperately seek to fully understand what happened.”

 

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell:

“This senseless massacre of so many innocent people gathered with friends and family in a movie theater reminds us not only of the great evil that exists in the hearts of some, but of the great and precious gift of life. I join all Americans today in prayer for the victims, their families and friends, and the wider Aurora community, and in heartfelt thanks to all the first responders who quickly responded at great risk to themselves.”

 

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who was in office during the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings:

“I am heartbroken and shocked by the horrific act of violence in Colorado. The thoughts of Anne and I are with the families who have lost loved ones in this senseless tragedy. We continue to pray for the recovery of those who have been wounded, and we offer our support to Governor Hickenlooper and the entire community of Aurora as they heal.”

Compiled from staff and wire reports