Newtown, Connecticut – Dressed in black fatigues and a military vest, a heavily armed man walked into a Connecticut elementary school Friday and opened fire, shattering the quiet of this southern New England town and leaving the nation reeling at the number of young lives lost.
Within minutes, 26 people were dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School — 20 of them children. Among the six adults killed were Dawn Hochsprung, the school’s beloved principal, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach.
The shooter, identified by three law enforcement officials as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also was killed, apparently by his own hand. Separately, his mother’s body was found at a Newtown residence.
“Stuff like this does not happen in Newtown,” a tight-knit community of about 27,000 just outside Danbury, said Renee Burn, a local teacher at another school in town. In the past 10 years, only one homicide had previously been reported.
With the death toll at 26, the Newtown shooting is the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind only the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech that left 32 people dead.
“Evil visited this community today,” Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said of Friday’s massacre.
Two touching sides of the story from parents of whom they lost a child and another of who their 6 year old son was saved. The family of emily a young 5 year old girl lamented at an interview section after the killing incident. The father who spoke used the words ‘I don’t know how I can get through this’ it was really a painful scene of him narrating how sweet his daughter was to him. He said proudly that he was an important part of her life.
Another family shed tears of joy as their son was alive after the shooting incident. The mother who was weeping while talking said she was shocked by the news of the shooting spree and that she went to the school and waited for hours for positive words from the police but nothing happend. She then received a call saying her son was safe.
Such touching moment of both sides of the tragic story. Investigation are currently ongoing on the matter.
President Obama is to be with the families of the bereaved to console them on such a devastating incident.