White House Postpones ‘Musica Latina’

As a result of today’s shootings at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 dead, the White House has postponed a musical event planned for tonight that was to feature performances by Gloria Estefan, Romeo Santos, Lila Downs, Marco Antonio Solis, Ricky Martin and others.

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A U.S. Park Police helicopter continues a search pattern above the scene of a shooting.

A former Navy man is reported to be the one that opened fire inside a building at the Navy Yard this morning.  The shooter, identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, reportedly died during a gun battle with police.  It was the deadliest shooting rampage at a U.S. military base since Maj. Nidal Hansan killed more than 13 people in 2009 at Fort Hood in Texas.

“Musica Latina: In Performance At The White House” was planned as the latest in a series of music events at the Executive Mansion.  With the shows often airing on PBS, when Musica Latina does take place, the show will be the television network’s 12th installment of the series.

“In light of today’s tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard and out of respect for the victims and their families, Musica Latina will be postponed to new a date,” read an announcement from the White House released approximately 90 minutes before the festivities were originally scheduled to launch.