With the nation in mourning following the shooting Friday morning in Aurora, Colo., President Obama ordered all government building flags to be flown at half mast until sunset Wednesday.
“As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, July 25, 2012,” the Presidential Proclamation read.
Obama’s declaration also applies to American government buildings abroad.
The Colorado shooting during a showing of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” killed 12 and wounded 59 more.
Authorities have suspect James Holmes in custody.