Aurora Shooting Squads

( photo by Mark Harrington)

Local police and city officials are offering thoughts following the Aurora shooting Friday afternoon.

The Aurora Police Department released a statement on their social media Saturday morning, thanking the community for their kind thoughts and well wishes for officers.

They continued saying, "we would also like to pause for a moment and acknowledge the shared loss we all feel from yesterday's horrific event, and send our most sincere condolences to those friends and family who lost their loved ones."

The City of Yorkville says three of Yorkville Police Officers were dispatched to Aurora to assist in the active shooter event.

All of the Yorkville police officers are trained to respond to neighboring jurisdictions in active shooter events. All three Yorkville Police Officers are unharmed.

On behalf of the City of Yorkville, they said the thoughts of their community go out to those of the Aurora community.

Officials say this was certainly a serious reminder to all of us, of the dangers that law enforcement may encounter.

Yorkville efforts and resources of the city organization are available to the City of Aurora and its residents as they recover from this tragedy.

Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird told WSPY that several deputies were also sent to the shooting on Friday afternoon, as nearly every local department had law enforcement on scene, as well as EMS.

The Kendall Sheriff sent thoughts and prayers. 

Plano Police said their thoughts are with the brave men and women of the Aurora Police Department, the victims, and all first responders who responded to assist in the tragic event.

Officials said, even though times like this bring first responders even closer together, it is a constant and painful reminder that danger always lies ahead. They added that the Plano Police Department will always respond to assist other agencies during times of need.

Police asked everyone to take a moment to thank those first responders and to think of the victims and their families, tweeting #Aurorastrong.

Oswego Police offered thoughts and prayers for the Aurora Illinois Police Department Officers and citizens who were injured as well as to their families and friends.

Officials said such a tragic incident leaves no one untouched.

They also asked to keep in your thoughts all the first responders and others who were there today, who may have left uninjured but take with them something no one should have to witness.

Montgomery village and police officials also offered thoughts and prayers. Police saying that they stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in blue from Aurora PD.

The village said they grieve with their friends in Aurora for the people who lost their lives and for the police officers who were injured.