White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters this morning on Air Force One that, in regards to the Colorado movie theater shooting last night, "We do not believe at this point there was an apparent nexis to terrorism."
According to the pool report, Carney said President Obama has been briefed twice about the shooting. The first was at 5:26 a.m. by homeland security adviser John Brennan, and the second briefing from FBI director Robert Mueller, chief of staff Jack Lew, and Brennan. From the pool report:
[Carney] said at aprox 12:30 a.m. mountain time the suspect entered the theater and opened fire on people during premier of The Dark Knight Rises. the incident happened three blocks from local police headquarters and law enforcement response "was immediate." Obama ordered his adminsiration to do "everything it can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time."
Obama spoke with the mayor of Aurora. VP Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama have canceled their events today, psaki said.
Carney said Obama first wanted to be sure the incident was over and "no more people were in danger," then he reacted as a parent, Carney said. Carney briefly appeared to choke up at this point.