Obama phones Navy secretary to offer his condolences

President Obama placed a call Monday to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to offer his condolences to those affected by the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

On the call, Obama praised the Navy personnel who responded to the shooting along with federal and local law enforcement officials, according to a White House readout.

The White House said Obama has continued to be briefed on the shooting throughout the day on Monday by Lisa Monaco, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Alyssa Mastromonaco, his deputy chief of staff.

On Monday afternoon, the White House postponed "Musica Latina," a performance  celebrating Latin music during Hispanic Heritage Month, out of respect for the victims and their families. The performance was supposed to be held at the White House on Monday evening.