20 children, 7 adults slain by elementary school gunman in U.S.

20 children, 7 adults slain by elementary school gunman in U.S.

A gunman is believed to have slain his mother at their home before unleashing a hail of gunfire that killed 20 children and six adults Friday in the Connecticut elementary school where she was a teacher, dpa reported.

Police said the suspect was dead. Media reports cited law enforcement sources as saying that Adam Lanza, 20, apparently took his own life inside Sandy Hook Elementary School after the shooting spree.

The mass shooting shook Newtown, a quiet, affluent suburb of 27,500 people about 100 kilometres north-east of New York City.

"Our hearts are broken today - for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults who were lost," said President Barack Obama, wiping away tears and pausing a number of times to compose himself while speaking to reporters at the White House.

"They had their entire lives ahead of them - birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers - men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams," he said.

Obama recalled a shopping mall shooting Tuesday in Oregon state and killing sprees in July at a Colorado cinema and in August at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin: "As a country, we have been through this too many times."

Police in Newtown said 18 children died at the scene and two others died of their wounds at a nearby hospital.

The gunman's mother was a kindergarten teacher, and many of the children killed were in her classroom, news reports quoted law enforcement officials as saying. Among the dead were the principal and a school psychologist.

More than 600 pupils from kindergarten to fourth grade, aged 5 to 10, attend the school.

By late Friday, widespread reports said an adult found in a home in Newtown away from the school was the suspected killer's mother.

Motives in the killing spree were unclear.

Police rushed to the school after receiving an emergency call just after 9:30 am (1430 GMT).

News reports described scenes of children hiding in closets when they heard the gunfire.

"Then we heard screaming," a student told television station WABC. "We went to the wall, and we sat down, and then police came in and said, 'Is he in here?' Then somebody yelled, 'Get to a safe place,' so we went to a closet in the gym, and we sat there for a little while."

The pupils were able to run out of the school when police knocked on the door and announced that evacuation was under way.

Others were instructed by their teacher to hide in the closet, Brenda Lebinski, mother of an 8-year-old girl, told the Newtown Patch website.

Lebinski said she rushed to the school after receiving an automated notification that the building was locked down. She saw hundreds of parents waiting there, and some told her that bloodied children were being carried out.

On spotting her daughter, Lebinski said she grabbed the child in "the happiest moment of my entire life."

"My daughter's teacher is my hero," Lebinski said. "She locked all the kids in a closet, and that saved their lives."

In Washington, gun control activists gathered at dusk outside the White House to demand tougher firearms laws. About 100 people rallied on Pennsylvania Avenue, singing during a solemn, candlelight vigil.

In prayer service held Friday night at Newtown's Roman Catholic Church, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy said, "Evil visited this community today."

"May God bless our children who are with us today and those who were taken away," he said while also offering prayers for the slain adults.

Azerbaijani, Russian FMs discuss 10 November statement for ceasefire in Karabakh
Azerbaijani, Russian FMs discuss 10 November statement for ceasefire in Karabakh
Effectiveness of Turkish-made weapons was proven during Karabakh hostilities - Turkish Defense Minister
Effectiveness of Turkish-made weapons was proven during Karabakh hostilities - Turkish Defense Minister
Azerbaijan teaches a lesson how Nations are built to fight against enemies
Azerbaijan teaches a lesson how Nations are built to fight against enemies
Loading Bars
Latest
Seven injured in fire at Magellan Corpus Christi, Texas, tank farm
Turkmenistan releases indicators of agro-industrial sector
Portugal to ease COVID-19 restrictions during Christmas, but not for New Year: PM
Trump urges Georgia governor to call special session of state legislature
U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 280,000: Johns Hopkins University
WHO reports over 645,000 new daily cases of COVID-19
Kia recalls 295,000 U.S. vehicles for fire risks
Moscow's death toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases rises by 72 to 9,349
23 dead, 1 rescued in China mine accident
Buy/sell operations at Iran Mercantile Exchange revealed
Joint statement from UK PM Johnson and EU's von der Leyen
Death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise as Turkey undergoes 1st weekend lockdown in months
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
Gasoline and diesel imports to Georgia increase
Iran declares details of exports from Isfahan Province
Airport in Uzbekistan to buy gas equipment via tender
Students of Azerbaijan British College prepare report of post-occupation state of nature in Azerbaijani Kalbajar region
UK records another 15,539 coronavirus cases with 397 deaths
Violence erupts during Paris protest against police brutality
Remittance inflows from Azerbaijan to Georgia up
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on December 6
Azerbaijani, Russian FMs discuss 10 November statement for ceasefire in Karabakh
Children's becoming victims of war crimes is unacceptable - UNICEF
French photographer talks trip to Azerbaijani Kalbajar liberated from Armenian occupation (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Plan & Budget Organization reveals volume of oil to be sold by Iran next year
Armenian opposition demand Pashinyan's resignation before December 8
Kyrgyzstan allows entry of foreigners and stateless persons
Rouhani calls for broadening Iran-Thailand ties
US gov’t donates 26,000 PCR testing kits to Georgia
Effectiveness of Turkish-made weapons was proven during Karabakh hostilities - Turkish Defense Minister
5.3-magnitude quake hits 49 km SW of Gazipasa, Turkey
PM Johnson and EU chief seek to break Brexit impasse
Azerbaijan teaches a lesson how Nations are built to fight against enemies
U.S. sets record of 227,885 COVID-19 cases in one day: Johns Hopkins University
Azerbaijan names day of holding military parade on victory in Patriotic War (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Today flags with star and crescent embellishing Karabakh sky - Turkey's president
Bahar Azadi gold coin price continues to fall
BTK railway project plays important role for logistics dev't in Georgia
Uzbekneftegaz to buy casing pipes via tender
Demand for Turkish steel on Iran's construction market down
Azerbaijan extends COVID-19-related quarantine in some cities, districts
Azerbaijan confirms 4,323 new COVID-19 cases, 2,180 recoveries
Largest volume of metallurgical products falls on Uzbekistan’s Navoi region
Death toll from COVID-19 pandemic in Iran exceeds 50,000
Value of Iranian mining companies increases
Iran talks expenses on construction in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer-Ahmad Province
Preacher appointed to Khudavang monastery in Azerbaijan's Kalbajar
Azerbaijan presents first locally manufactured high-tech prostheses (PHOTO)
Azerenergy issues time framing to restore power plants in liberated Sugovushan (VIDEO)
Georgia reports new record-high 5,450 coronavirus cases
Russia, Kazakhstan reach agreements on anti-COVID vaccine production
Volume of trade turnover in Turkmenistan increases
Uzbekistan reveals its COVID-19 data for December 5
Armenians destroyed all historical, religious items in churches of Azerbaijan - Albano-Udi Orthodox community
Albanian-Udi Christian Community returns to Khudavang monastery in Kalbajar (VIDEO)
Oil market still to see some bumpy months
Indicators of Turkmenistan’s construction, industrial sector increase
Azerbaijani oil prices continue to rise
Azerbaijan reduces imports of Turkish-made carpets
Iran announces date for launch of Ardabil-Mianeh railway
Azerbaijan gives martyr status to civilians killed due to Armenia's attacks on peaceful cities
Azerbaijani Bar Association appeals to int'l organizations regarding Armenian aggression
UK Maritime Trade Operations says aware of attack on vessel off Yemen coast
Number of enterprises put into operation in Iran's Kermanshah Province soars
Special offer for volunteers!
Iran discloses details of exports from Fars Province
Baku - leading capital of CIS in terms of economic activity index - Gazprombank
Data of Turkmen transport, communication sector revealed
Azerbaijani banking sector's overall profit drops
Turkmenistan exceeds plan for oil and gas condensate production
Iranian currency rates for December 5
Loan portfolio of trade, services sector in Azerbaijan grows
Кazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company opens tender for vehicle maintenance
Foreign investment in Iran increases
GDP growth observed in Turkmenistan
LNG share in Turkey’s natural gas imports reaches 43% in H1 this year
U.S. not extending TikTok divestiture deadline, but talks will continue
ADB allocates $2.5 mln to support Georgia amid pandemic
Italy's retail sales climb higher in October, pushed by demand for electronic equipment
4 regions in coronavirus red zone in Kazakhstan
Iran's UNESCO envoy urges condemnation of assassination of Iranian scientist
France's daily COVID-19 infections continue to fall
Embassy of Japan in Georgia reveals volume of trade turnover between two countries
Arab League welcomes Kuwait's efforts to "heal Arab rifts"
World Bank grants Morocco 400-mln-USD loan
Azerbaijan slows down imports of Turkish-made leather goods
Additional costs could add up to 2.8 billion dollars, Tokyo 2020 says
Trump to withdraw most troops from Somalia as part of global pullback
UK, EU call in leaders to save trade talks
Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces in protest
Azerbaijan discloses volume of liabilities in banking sector
Heydar Aliyev Center, Flame Towers and Baku Olympic Stadium illuminated with Azerbaijani flag (PHOTO)
NY Times publishes article on the fate of Ciraqli village during Karabakh conflict
South Africa's second largest crude refinery shutdown after blast
1st China-bound freight train departs on 12-day journey from Istanbul
Chip shortages could slow automotive production, VW and suppliers say
Russia, India kick off joint naval drills in Indian Ocean
NCDC to study COVID-19 reinfection cases
Turkey reports over 32,736 new COVID-19 cases
Azerbaijan unveils funds value received by Armed Forces Relief Fund as of December 1
All news