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PIX: 'US school shootout a tragedy of unspeakable terms'

Last updated on: December 15, 2012 06:25 IST

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has described the shooting at an elementary school a "tragedy of unspeakable terms" that left 20 children and six adults dead in one of the most horrific incidents in US history.

The gunman, identified in local media reports as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, was also found dead inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The shooting caps a year of similar horrific tragedies in which gunmen opened fire on unsuspecting citizens in a theatre in Colorado and a gurdwara in Wisconsin.

The shooting in the elementary school of 600 left 20 children dead, including two who were rushed to a local hospital.

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Image: The families of victims grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman opened fire on school children and staff in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Six adults were also killed by the gunman who is believed to have fired 100 shots. Among those dead is understood to be Lanza's mother, who was a teacher at the school.

"Earlier today a tragedy of unspeakable terms played itself out in this community," Malloy told reporters outside the school.

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Image: A child reacts to police and fireman staged nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School
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"You can never be prepared for this kind of incident. A number of our citizens, beautiful children, had their life taken away from them as well as adults whose responsibility it was to educate and supervise those children," Malloy said.

Connecticut police lieutenant Paul Vance said the investigation is ongoing and said another person was found dead at a "secondary crime scene" near Newtown.

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Image: Families leave the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department near the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut,
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He, however, did not release further information but media reports said Lanza's brother was found dead in an apartment.

Vance said the shooting was concentrated in one section of the school inside two classrooms.


Image: A woman leans on a man as she weeps outside a building set up to counsel family members affected by a shooting nearby at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
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