HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Senator Daniel Inouye and Congresswoman Mazie Hirono are among the local politicians who have issued statements following an early morning shooting in a Colorado movie theater that killed 12 and injured up to 59 more at a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."
From Senator Inouye:
"On behalf of the people of the state of Hawaii, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims of the Colorado shooting and their families. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and that all of America mourn your loss and stand ready to help."
"A civilized society will always be subject to random acts of unspeakable violence, but we must remain vigilant and always remember to treat one another with respect and kindness in the hope that goodwill will negate the kind of evil that led to these horrific killings."
From Congresswoman Hirono:
"This is heartbreaking news, and I am truly saddened to hear of this deadly and senseless act of violence. It is particularly tragic to hear that young victims were likely involved. My thoughts and condolences go out to the families of all the victims, and I hope to see justice served."
In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation made by President Barack Obama "as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence," Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie ordered that all national flags at all State officies and agencies be flown at half-staff.