Much about the devastating crime at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut is still unknown. Police say the scene is secure, while the investigation into the senseless act continues.
20 children were killed after shots rang out in their classroom, a place where they’re supposed to feel safe. Six adults, including the school’s principal and psychologist were also gunned down for a reason we may never comprehend.
It was early in the school day when the gunman shattered lives and destroyed the sanctity of the school. As the day went on, each police news conference brought more horror. The statements from students describing the sounds of gunshots and hurried evacuations gave a glimpse of the trauma they endured.
What we know is that the suspect is in his twenties and he is dead. At least three weapons were found on the scene: A Bushmaster .223, a Sig-Sauer and a Glock. The mother of the suspected shooter was also killed today.
As the police continue their work, the families affected struggle to cope with the loss. “Evil visited this community today,” said Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy. “We’re all in this together.”
President Obama gave perhaps his most emotional statement as the leader of the country. Wiping tears from his eyes, he told the nation, “We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. Each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anybody else would as a parent.” He offered support to the Governor of Connecticut and expressed the extraordinary pain of the tragedy. "The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10. They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."
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