Washington, D.C. -- President Barack Obama has ordered all flags at public buildings, military posts, naval stations and vessels be flown at half-staff until July 25 to honor the victims of the Colorado shooting.
He also directs flags be flown at half-staff at all U.S. embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad for the same amount of time.
President Obama addressed the public earlier today about the Colorado shooting at an Aurora movie theater saying the event "reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family".
PDF: President Obama proclamation
The suspect, identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, reportedly opened fire inside the theater as audience members awaited the start of midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises".
Pictures: Dark Knight shooting scene
Gallery: Tweets, real time social media from Dark Knight shooting scene *warning, VERY GRAPHIC content*
According to authorities, a total of 12 people were killed and another 59 injured in the mass shooting that included the use of tear gas.