20 children among 28 dead in school shooting in Connecticut

AT LEAST 28 people, including 20 children, have been killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in western Connecticut.

President Barack Obama has called for “meaningful action” against gun crime after a Connecticut school shooting left 27 dead, including 20 children. An emotional Mr Obama spoke of his “overwhelming grief” over the deaths at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. The suspected gunman was widely identified as Adam Lanza, 20, who is among the dead. Earlier, he is thought to have also killed his mother. It was one of the most deadly shooting attacks on a US school or university. In 2007, a student at Virginia Tech university killed 32 people and injured many more.

The children at Sandy Hook Elementary were aged between five and 10.Police Lt Paul Vance said 18 children were pronounced dead at the school, and two died after being taken to hospital. Six adults were also killed, and the gunman died at the scene, apparently after shooting himself.He is thought to have shot dead his mother, a teacher, at a house in Newtown, before heading to the school on Friday morning. Investigators say it is unclear whether she worked there.

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