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26 Dead in Connecticut School Shooting

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there, Dec. 14, 2012.
In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there, Dec. 14, 2012.
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Mayhem struck at an elementary school in the northeastern state of Connecticut after a gunman opened fire and killed 26 people - most of them young children.   

The mass shooting took place Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a small town 130 kilometers northeast of New York City.

Connecticut State Police Lieutenant J. Paul Vance told reporters the fatalities included students and staff, and that the gunman involved also was dead. By mid-afternoon, a  police spokesman told reporters the crime scene had been secured.  He said the first emergency call came shortly after 9:30 a.m.  Police descended on the scene and immediately entered the school.  Eighteen of the children and six adults, including the shooter, were found dead in one section of the school in two separate rooms.  Two other children died in area hospitals.

  • A boy is comforted outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012.
  • A police officer keeps guard from a hill top over looking Sandy Hook Elementary School. At least 20 people, including children, were killed on Friday when a shooter opened fire.
  • Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • This satellite image provided by Google shows the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
  • A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
  • The scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012.
  • White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that President Barack Obama is receiving updates on the situation in Connecticut during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington.
  • Family members embrace each other outside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Mass killings, like Friday's schoolhouse slaughter in Connecticut, have become a troubling and recurring fact of life in the United States.

Other recent mass shootings include:

*  August 2012:  An Army veteran kills five men and a woman at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

*  July 2012:  A  student opens fire at a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie at a Colorado theater, killing 12.

*  January 2011: U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 18 other people are shot outside a supermarket in Arizona.

*  November 2009:  An Army psychiatrist kills 13 soldiers and civilians on the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

*  April 2007:  A students kills 32 people on the campus of a large university, Virginia Tech.

*  April 1999: Two students at a Colorado high school kill 12 classmates and a teacher.

The Mother Jones magazine says that since 1982, there have been at least 61 mass murders in the U.S., which U.S. authorities define as an assault in which a gunman kills four or more people, typically in a single location.
It is widely reported that the 20-year-old suspect's mother - a teacher at the school - was among the dead. Circumstances of her death remained unclear hours after the tragedy.  The gunman's 24-year-old brother was undergoing police questioning late Friday.

An official from the governor's office says Governor Dannel Malloy was "horrified" by the tragedy and rushed to meet with the children's family members.​

Photos and video images from the scene showed children being rushed out of the school, but it took several hours before the full scope of the tragedy to become known.

When it did, reports of heroism surfaced as well.  In one widely reported instance, a teacher herded her entire first grade class into a bathroom, locked the door, and cowered alongside the children until help arrived.

Tearful Obama calls for action 

President Barack Obama called authorities in Connecticut to express his sadness, and pledged to help with federal resources. The White House said Obama spoke with the FBI director about the case, and received frequent briefings.

President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in the briefing room of the White House.President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in the briefing room of the White House.
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President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in the briefing room of the White House.
President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in the briefing room of the White House.
A tearful president expressed ``overwhelming grief'' for the victims of the shooting rampage and called on Americans to set aside politics and ``take meaningful action'' to prevent more tragedies of this kind.

``Our hearts are broken today,'' Obama said, his voice breaking at times during a nationally televised appearance in the White House briefing room.


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by: henok getu
December 18, 2012 11:21 AM
our my heart is broken today really today is sad days god bless u for daied school children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by: Jamal from: Oman
December 15, 2012 3:23 AM
May God have peace on those kids
Please stop terrorists

by: Cyrus from: Iran
December 15, 2012 2:53 AM
Mr. President!
I'm really sorry about this tragedy. Doesn't matter where this innocent kids were living, they were just kids. There are lots of similar massacres over the world everyday particularly in Middle East. I’m not at the side of anybody, but I'd like to mention you and all the American people who are willing about setting fire of war in other countries to turn them into peace: instead of bringing Patriots to Turkey try to prevent these sorrowful incidents in your own country. Nobody likes observing either an American or Syrian mother sobbing for her dead child.

by: Jesus from: Earth
December 14, 2012 8:52 PM
NO GUNS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SELL OR TO BUY!! CHANGE THE AMENDMENTS TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF NEW AGE! AMENDMENTS MADE IN 18th Century are no longer valid! NO ONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BUY ANY GUNS! And Near Future Every citizen should be disarmed by Force, Law agencies :'( NO ONE SHOULD HAVE A GUN!

by: Think before you act from: uk
December 14, 2012 6:05 PM
Like any sane person, I am horrified by this disgusting act. But would caution against making knee jerk actions in response. After a similar occurence in Dunblane, the possession of handguns in England, Scotland and wells was banned to members of the general public. At one stroke the sport of pistol shooting in uk ceased, even our olympic shooters have to practice out of the country. A sport which not only allowed men and woment to compete on a level playing field, but also able bodied and disabled to compete against each other.Since the ban there are vastly more handguns in circulation, all of which are possessed by criminals. An idiot planning to do such an act as this will still be able to carry it out by using a gun obtained through illegal means. Did banning alcahol work during prohibition?

by: Cyndora from: Indiana
December 14, 2012 3:36 PM
I think out of repect for the families.The news shouldnt post images of the families grieving the loss of their families. It's a very tragic thing that happened and they shouldnt have to see it in the paper or on tv of them crying and being caught in the moment of this terrible saddness.

by: Anonymous
December 14, 2012 2:43 PM
Sick bastard
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by: Anonymous
December 15, 2012 2:40 AM
God bless the souls of these 20 angels, may they forever rest in peace.
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by: Exenon from: NSW. Australia
December 14, 2012 6:18 PM
God bless the little children. And the almighty curse the gun lobby.
Jesus himself wont forgive what you do.

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