School shooting leaves 26 dead
NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AP):A man opened fire on Friday inside a Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked as a teacher, killing 26 people, including 20 children, by blasting his way through two rooms as youngsters cowered helplessly in the building.
The gunman killed himself and another person was found dead at a second scene, bringing the death toll to 28, authorities said.
The attack, coming less than two weeks before Christmas, was the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 people dead in 2007.
Panicked parents raced to Sandy Hook Elementary School, about 60 miles northeast of New York City, looking for their children. Students were told to close their eyes by police as they were led from the building.
Schoolchildren - some crying, others looking frightened - were escorted through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.
"Our hearts are broken today," a tearful President Barack Obama, struggling to maintain composure, said at the White House. A law enforcement official identified the gunman as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher. A second law-enforcement official said his mother, Nancy Lanza, was presumed dead.
Late yesterday, Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller expressed shock and outrage at the incident.
"I weep for the victims and especially the children, cut down in such a brutal manner and at such a tender age. On behalf of all Jamaicans, I send my deepest condolences to the families and friends who no doubt are going through a very difficult time. This is a tragedy from which they will never recover," she said.