The latest scene of a mass shooting in the US is an elementary school in Connecticut. The image of small, tearful children being led away in "crocodile" fashion by police is sad to see. As they were taken past the dead they were told to close their eyes. These children though are the lucky ones escaping this latest tragedy physically unharmed. They will however carry mental scars which may be less easy to put to bed.
Initial reports gave little information that would have indicated the shooting was as extensive as it was. The latest information is that between 12 and 27 people have been killed. The death toll includes children.
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown was the scene of the killings. The children at this school were aged between 5 and 10 years old. The killer struck early in the morning around 9.30am local time.
Parents at the scene said a masked man was responsible for the shooting. As the school had a controlled entry how he entered is not known. A huge security operation is still underway although the gunman is said to be dead at the scene.
As the facts are gradually being released a news briefing by local authorities is due soon plus it is expected that President Obama will also speak. There are unconfirmed reports that more than one gunman was responsible for the killings.
We will update this story as information is released.
Another sorry loss of life in the USA due to inadequate gun controls. What tipped the killer or killers into this action may or may not be known in time. Without easy access to guns this tragedy could have been averted.
Thoughts with the children parents and families, RIP
3 victims are being treat at the ED of a local hospital. The hospital along with local schools are now locked down. It now seems that the gunman acted alone and was a 20-year-old man with some sort of association to the school. Police have not ruled out at least one other gunman as yet. The 20-year-old was said to be wearing black combat gear.
18 children and 8 adults are confirmed dead.
The death toll is now thought to be 29. As this is a developing story the information keeps changing. The latest is that the gunman is dead inside the school but that a 20-year-old man is in police custody.
December 14,2012,10pm GMT
It now seems that the shooter was in his twenties and that his mother was a teacher at the school. He shot the school Principal and others before he went to his mother's classroom shot her and began shooting the children in her class. There are some reports that he then killed himself.
President Obama was visibly moved when he addressed the US but surely enough tears have been shed over the last few months and it is now time for firm action on gun ownership?