Obama Cancels Florida Campaign Stops
FORT MYERS, FL. -- A campaign trip through Florida has been canceled by President Barack Obama after word of an early morning massacre at a multi-screen theater in Aurora, Colorado.
Obama told an audience at the Harborside Convention Center along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida that the shooting was senseless and expressed his concerns for the families of the injured and dead. This is a "day of prayer and reflection" and asked everyone to pause for a moment for prayer for the victims and families.
The Fort Myers stop was planned for an hour-plus campaign rally at the convention center, but instead was limited to a very short message from the President about the early morning shooting. Campaign banners were removed from the center before the President's arrival.
As the President left the stage after just a few minutes speaking, the crowd chanted "Four More Years."
Investigators are still searching for clues at the apartment of alleged shooter 24-year old James E. Holmes near Denver, Colorado. 12 persons are believed to have been killed at the midnight showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." and 38 injured.
Holmes was reportedly wearing a bullet proof vest and a riot type mask, hurling a gas canister and then opening fire. Police found a gas mask, rifle and revolver. Holmes gave himself up to law enforcement without resistance in the parking lot.
Police determined Holmes' fourth-floor apartment, five miles from the theater, was "booby trapped" and are trying to secure the building.
Warner Bros. has cancelled some European openings of the movie and has pulled a trailer for the planned September opening of the film Gangter Squad, a preview playing before The Dark Knight Rises. A scene within it depicts gangster characters tearing through a theater screen and shooting randomly in a crowded theater.
The President planned to leave Fort Myers immediately after his visit to the Harborside Center, bound for the White House in Washington, D.C.