Twenty-seven people are dead, including 20 children, after a gunman opened fire in an elementary school this morning in Newton, Conn.
The New York Times reports the gunman shot 20 students, six adults, and, finally, himself. The students were between the ages of 5 and 10.
“Our hearts are broken today for the parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers of those little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost,” said President Barack Obama as he addressed the nation earlier today.
“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in these past few years and each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anyone else would as a parent, and that was especially true today,'’ he said. “I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”
This shooting comes three days after Jacob T. Roberts, 22, opened fire on a crowd of people at Clackamas Town center Mall in Happy Valley, just outside of Portland. He killed Steve Forsyth, of West Linn, and Cindy Yuille, of northeast Portland, and Kristina Shevchenko remains in serious condition at OHSU Hospital after being shot in the chest.
The president, who teared up as he spoke, said the country’s leaders must “take meaningful action” in response to the shooting.
U.S. flags will be flown at half-staff on public grounds on Tuesday.