Connecticut school shooting: Obama calls for action
President Obama has urged “meaningful action” against gun crime in the US after a school shooting in Connecticut 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, widely identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, is among the dead. Before going to the school he had also killed his mother at their home.
It is the second deadliest shooting attack at 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 – including the school’s principal Dawn Hochsprung – and the gunman died at the scene, apparently after shooting himself.
His mother was found dead at their home on Yogananda Street – some unconfirmed reports suggested she had worked at the school.
As Mr Obama reacted with a televised statement, he paused several times to wipe tears from his eyes.
“As a country we have been through this too many times,” he said.
“We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
The president offered condolences to the families of both the victims and survivors.
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