15 December 2012, 13:21

Putin offers condolences on Connecticut tragedy to Obama

Putin offers condolences on Connecticut tragedy to Obama

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered heartfelt condolences to his US counterpart, Barack Obama, on Friday’s tragedy at a Connecticut primary school.

We are particularly grieved by the fact, the Russian leader writes in his telegram, that the victims are mostly children.

The Russian President asked Barack Obama to convey words of compassion and sympathy to the next of kin of the killed children and said he empathized with the entire American nation.

28 people, including 20 children, aged 5 to 10, died in a shooting spree at a primary school at Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday.

The attacker, a 20-year old Adam Lanza, armed with two handguns, also killed his own mother, who was a teacher.

He was found dead in the school building shortly afterwards. He had most likely committed suicide. The motives of the crime have not yet been known.

President Obama has declared a four-day period of national mourning over the tragedy.

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The U.S. President has announced a 4-day mourning across the country over victims of the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

"The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old," the president said at a White House press conference. "They had their entire lives ahead of them."

"As a country, we have been through this too many times, we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” said Obama, as tears streamed from his eyes.

28 people, including 20 children, were killed when 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza burst into an elementary school in Newtown. At least three people were wounded in the incident.

Three weapons have been recovered from the slain gunman, identified by law enforcement as 20-year-old, Adam Lanza. Police say the suspect was the son of Nancy Lanza, a kindergarten teacher at Shady Hook. The suspect’s older brother, 24-year-old Ryan of Hoboken, N.J., is being questioned by the authorities.

According to the Daily Mail the body of Adam Lanza's father was found at his home in Newton. The shooter had no accomplices. He was found dead inside the school building – possibly, after committing suicide. Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey, Fox News reports quoting the Associated Press.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that the school’s principal and psychologist are also among the deceased. Police are currently searching for the suspect's girlfriend and another person who have been reported missing.

Both state and local police are still on the scene at Shady Hook and the superintendent has ordered all schools in the district, both public and private, to be placed on lockdown. Lt. J. Paul Vance of the state police department said that both on-duty and off-duty officers responded to the emergency.

Shady Hook, around 12 miles from the town of Danbury, CT, normally has around 600 students in grades kindergarten through four.

Mark Boughton, mayor of Danbury, tells CNN three victims have been sent to a hospital in his city in “very serious” condition, though he declined to comment on their age or identity.

Live coverage: Connecticut school shooting, one of the worst massacres in US history

Twenty schoolchildren were slaughtered by a heavily armed gunman who opened fire at a suburban elementary school in Connecticut on Friday, killing at least 27 people including himself in the one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

Newtown School Shooting Live: Watch live streaming video at livestream.com

The 20-year-old gunman, who law enforcement sources identified as Adam Lanza, fired what witnesses described as dozens of shots at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which serves children from ages 5 to 10.

Authorities found 18 children and seven adults, including the gunman, dead at the school, and two children were pronounced dead later after being taken to a hospital. Another adult was found dead at a related crime scene in Newtown, bringing the toll to 28, state police Lieutenant Paul Vance said.

As reports of the shooting spread, panicked parents rushed to the school searching for their children as students covered in blood were being carried out of the building.

President Barack Obama, wiping away tears and pausing to collect his emotions in an address to the nation, mourned the "beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old" who were killed.

"Our hearts are broken today, for the parents, and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults who were lost," Obama said, his voice cracking.

"Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children's innocence has been torn away from them too early and there are no words that will ease their pain," said Obama, who has two young daughters.

"Evil visited this community today," Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy told reporters.

The New York Times reported that the gunman walked into a classroom where his mother was a teacher, shot his mother and then 20 students, most in the same classroom, before shooting five other adults and killing himself. One other person was shot at the school and survived, the Times said.

Other media reports said the gunman's mother was found dead at a house nearby.

Adam Lanza's brother, Ryan Lanza, was "either in custody or being questioned," a law enforcement source said.

The gunman was dead inside the school, Vance said. The Times reported he used a Sig Sauer and a Glock, both handguns, and said police also found at the scene a Bushmaster .223 M4 carbine, a rifle, that they believe belonged to him.

The holiday season tragedy was the second shooting rampage in the United States this week and the latest in a series of mass killings this year, and was certain to revive a debate about U.S. gun laws.

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27 people, including 18 children, were killed when a gunman burst into an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. At least three people were wounded in the incident.

According to police, the shooter was 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Among those killed was his mother, who worked at the school. Before leaving home Lanza shot his Father, as well.

The shooter himself was gunned down by the police arriving on the scene.

Reports say the attacker was armed with two handguns.

All schools and daycare centers of the city are closed.

27 dead, including children, in Connecticut shooting

A gunman bursting into an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, has killed 27, including 18 children, and wounded at least three people.

One of the wounded people is a teacher. He is now in hospital with a leg wound.

Arriving police officers shot dead the attacker.

Reports say he was armed with two handguns and might have had an accomplice.

All Newtown schools and daycare centers are shut.

Gunman killed in Connecticut shooting - official

The suspected gunman in Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school is dead on the scene, a source with knowledge of the investigation told.

The source also said police have recovered two weapons from the suspect, a Glock and a Sig Sauer. It's unclear if police killed the suspect, the source said.

School shooting in Connecticut, 1 child reportedly dead

One child is reported dead after a gunman opened fire at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school Friday morning.

The Hartford Courant confirmed just after 11 a.m. that one student has been killed following an incident that began earlier in the morning, citing reports from authorities on the scene.

Moments earlier, authorities confirmed that a suspected gunman was also dead while at least three others were transported to a nearby hospital.

Police are considering the possibility of second shooter and are now searching for a purple automobile that was seen heading out of the city.

Shots were fired at around 9:40 a.m. this morning inside the main office at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where normally around 600 students in grades kindergarten through four attend class.

The school has since been flanked by dozens of #mce_temp_url#state troopers, who are assisting local officers dispatched to the scene.

All public and private schools in Newtown, CT have been placed on lockdown following orders from the superintendent, and the police are on the scene now attempting to determine the extent of the incident.

The Newton Bee is reporting multiple injuries, and a hospital in nearby Danbury, CT says they have received three patients from the school.

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