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December 14 White House Press Briefing

By The White House, The White House - December 14, 2012

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

12:41 P.M. EST

MR. CARNEY:  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you for being here.  Before I start, I wanted to let you know that at approximately 10:30 this morning, in the Oval Office, the President was notified by his Homeland Security Advisor, John Brennan, of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut at a school.  The President is receiving regular updates as more information becomes available about this incident.  And as the day proceeds, if we get more information and as we get more information, we’ll certainly provide it to you.  I do not have anything to confirm for you at this point. 

The FBI is supporting state law enforcement, which has the lead, as well as local law enforcement, as they respond to and begin to investigate this incident.  And as I said, the President will receive regular updates as the day progresses.

I’ll take your questions.

Q    Jay, one follow on that -- can you relay to us any of the President’s reactions or thoughts?  Obviously, these shootings are all -- all of them are tragic.  We’re hearing some particularly heinous numbers and the fact that children were involved. 

MR. CARNEY:  I would rather not relay reactions at this point because I don’t have any confirmation to give to you about what exactly has happened there or potential victims.  So at this point I’d rather just inform you that the President has been informed about the shooting, was informed at 10:30, and is being given regular updates as more information becomes available.

Q    Any thoughts on whether we’ll hear from him today?

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