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Obama briefed on Newtown school shooting

President Obama called FBI Director Mueller and Connecticut Gov. Malloy mid-day Friday to receive the latest information on the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn and express his condolences and concern for those who lost loved ones and those injured, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

Obama was briefed on the shootings. at 10:30 a.m. Friday by John Brennan, his homeland security adviser.

Carney could not confirm any details of the shooting, but said the FBI is supporting state and local law enforcement authorities as they respond to and investigate the incident.

"The president will receive regular updates as the day progresses," Carney said.

Carney would not characterize Obama's reaction to the news. But Carney noted that the president sees such news as a father of two daughters -- "to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement, to support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event."

Asked about gun control legislation, Carney said now was not the time to discuss the issue. 

Carney said is is "possible if not likely" that Obama will comment later today on the shooting, although could not confirm details of the incident.

He added, "As a father, incidents like these weigh heavily on him and I think everyone who has children can imagine the enormous suffering that accompanies an event like this."

"I’m sure [there] will be rather a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I don’t think today is that day," Carney said.

Follow here for live updates on the shooting 

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.



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