WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the Holocaust Memorial shooting was unfolding and during its aftermath, President Obama received regular updates through the White House Situation Room, according to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
"We're in contact with and get updates from [the] Homeland Security Council, and other agencies like the FBI," Gibbs added.
The president was first informed of the shooting by his spokesman prior to the daily briefing. At the time, details were sketchy, and the death of security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns had not yet been confirmed.
Gibbs said everyone is "saddened" by what has happened.
Just last week President Obama visited the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany, in what senior aides described as an extraordinarily powerful stop.
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