The Newtown community in Connecticut has been sent into mourning with the killing of at least 22 kids at an elementary school. The residents had a harrowing weekend with one of the worst mass shootings in US history as a young gunman rained bullets on 22 children at an elementary school.
Adam Lanza opened fire on Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing at least 26 people, before turning the gun on himself. Another adult was also found dead at a related crime scene in the town. The killings have sparked off a debate over tighter gun control in the country.
Prez Barack Obama has requested solidarity from Americans as they mourned the victims, saying that the hearts of parents across the country were "heavy with hurt". He has called for meaningful action to prevent more such tragedies. The president wiped away tears as he said in a TV address: "Our hearts are broken."
The tragedy is the second shooting rampage in the USA this week and the latest mass killing in 2012. It has revived a debate on gun-control in a country with a flourishing firearms culture and a strong lobby which has scuttled any major efforts to curb handguns and rifles. World leaders have expressed horror as they offered condolences to the US. Arch-foe Tehran also offered its sympathies, describing the killings as "tragic".