President Barack Obama expressed sadness in a statement responding to the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on Sunday.
“Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin,” he said. “At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded.”
Obama continued, “My Administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.”
The tragic shooting resulted in numerous deaths and left multiple victims in critical condition. The gunman was among those killed in the incident.
Addressing the tragedy in a statement, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said, “Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting in Wisconsin.” He added, “This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community. We join Americans everywhere in mourning those who lost their lives and in prayer for healing in the difficult days ahead.”