Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy said 26 people, including 20 children 'who simply came here to learn' were killed when a man opened fire Friday inside two classrooms where his mom was a teacher. (Dec. 14)
SHOTLIST:POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYNewtown, Connecticut - December 14, 20121. SOUNDBITE: Gov. Dan Malloy/(D) Connecticut"let me begin by expressing my expressing my gratitude to the people of newtown, the people of connecticut, the president of the united states, the people of the united states and across the world that we've heard from since this unspeakable and tragic event occurred here. As you know, there are a number of victims: teachers, support personnel in the building and children - beautiful children who simply came to school to learn. And their day ended a very different way than any of us could have imagine. And as i stand here today still cant imagine what transpired there. Evil visited this community today. And it's too early to speak of recovery but each parent, sibling, each member of the family has to understand that connecticut we're all in this together. And we'll do whatever we can do to get through this event. We will get through it. But this is a terrible time for this community and these families."STORYLINE:A man opened fire Friday inside two classrooms at the Connecticut elementary school where his mother was a teacher, killing 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in corners and closets and trembled helplessly to gunshots reverberating through the building.The killer, carrying two handguns, committed suicide at the school, and another person was found dead at a second scene, bringing the toll to 28, authorities said. Police shed no light on the motive for the attack. The gunman was believed to suffer from a personality disorder and lived with his mother in Connecticut, said a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to publicly discuss it. The rampage, 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.