Washington: In one of the deadliest mass shootings in the US, at least 27 people, including 18 children, have been killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, about 60 miles northeast of New York on Friday.

Tearful Obama mourns school children death

President Barack Obama has been informed of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and will receive regular updates throughout the day, the White House said. His spokesman Jay Carney said the President had "enormous sympathy for families that are affected" and pledged federal support for state and local law enforcement.

The shooting appeared to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, in which 32 people, including two Indians, were killed and 17 others wounded.

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS CLAIMED OVER 100 LIVES IN 20 YEARS
Over 100 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in several school shootings in the US over the last 20 years with the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 being the deadliest claiming 32 lives, including two Indians.

In April 16, 2007 shooting on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide.

According to a list of some violent incidents at US schools compiled by CNN on February 27, 2012 a student opened fire at Chardon High School, Chardon, Ohio killing three and wounding four others.

On October 2, 2006 Charles Roberts IV, 32, went to the small Amish West Nickel Mines School, Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania and takes at least 11 girls hostage. Five girls were killed and six others wounded. Roberts then killed himself.

On November 8, 2005, a 15-year-old student opened fire on a principal and two assistant principals at Campbell County Comprehensive High School, Jacksboro, Tennessee, killing one of them and critically wounding another.

On March 21, 2005 Jeff Weise, 16, killed his grandfather and another adult, four fellow students, a teacher and a security officer at Red Lake High School, Red Lake, Minnesota. He then killed himself.

On March 5, 2001, Charles "Andy" Williams, 15, killed two classmates and injured 13 at Santana High School, Santee, California. Williams was sentenced in 2002 to at least 50 years in prison.

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, killed 12 fellow students and one teacher at Columbine High School, Littleton, Colorado, before committing suicide in the school library.

On May 21, 1998, after killing his parents the previous day, 15-year old Kip Kinkel returned to Thurston High School, Springfield, Oregon, armed with a rifle. He killed two students in the school cafeteria, a 16- and a 17-year old. He was sentenced to 112 years in prison.

The shooter is dead and his body is in a classroom at the school, a news channel said citing a source. Police have recovered two weapons from the suspect, a Glock and a Sig Sauer. It's unclear if police killed the suspect. The news channel cited a law enforcement official as saying the suspect is named Ryan Lanza and he is in his 20s. Dozens of law enforcement officials are outside the suspect's home, it said and his neighbors are "shaken".

The news channel cited a parent who was inside the school at the time of the attack as saying she heard what sounded like at least 100 rounds being fired. She said she saw two school employees who had died.

The shooting began about 9.30 am, the parent said. There was a "pop pop" in the hall outside the room. Three people went out of the room into the hall where the sounds had come from. "Only one person came back," she said.

The witness told that she then called 911. She said she never saw the shooter but she later was escorted outside the room past two bodies lying in blood. Hospital officials in neighbouring Danbury said they were treating three people wounded in the shooting. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said the victims were in "very serious" condition.

The Newtown Bee newspaper said one child had been carried out by a police officer and emergency crews had set up triage facilities, expecting additional patients. The Hartford Courant newspaper said one victim had "numerous gunshot wounds".

All schools in the city were on lockdown Friday as police assessed the situation, state police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said. Students were evacuated to a nearby firehouse, a newspaper reported.

(Agencies)

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