Aurora, Colorado 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting: Obama departs PBIA, to speak on shooting in Ft. Myers

President Barack Obama departed on Air Force One from Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach this morning.

President Obama spoke to some 700 supporters at the retirement community in suburban West Palm Beach and then spent the night at The Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan.

With news of the shootings at a movie theater in Colorado, Obama released a statement regarding the tragedy:

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.


Obama campaign spokesperson Jen Psaki said the President will address the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado in shortened remarks after he arrives in Ft. Myers later this morning.

Palm Beach Post contributed to this report.