Obama, Romney sorrow over Denver


US president Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney today cancelled presidential campaign-style speeches and some ads attacking each other, replacing them with expressions of sorrow for the victims of a deadly shooting rampage in Colorado.

A gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theatre in the Denver suburbs early this morning, killing at least 12 people and wounding 50 others.

Mr Obama, briefed by aides early in the morning, was to return to Washington after addressing the incident during remarks at an event in Fort Myers, Florida.

The shooting erupted during midnight showings of The Dark Knight Rises at the multiplex in Aurora, Colorado, where throngs had gathered, some dressed as characters from the highly anticipated Batman sequel.

A federal law enforcement official said a suspect in the shootings, a man born in 1987, was in custody.

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