According to CBS News, 20 children and 6 adults were gunned down this morning at a Sandy Hook Elementary, a K-4 school in Newtown, Conneticut where the shooter’s mother worked.
The gunman was identified as 20 year old Adam Lanza. CBS News reports that Lanza’s mother worked at the school and is among the dead. Lanza apparently targeted his mother’s classroom, said an official. Most of the shooting occurred in that classroom. Some of her students were among those killed.
Today’s tragedy falls on the heels of a Portland, OR shopping mall shooting earlier this week. According to ABC News, an estimated 31 mass-shootings have occurred since Columbine in 1999.
Artists and musicians have once again taken to Twitter to express their thoughts.
My heart is so heavy right now as I think of these innocent children, teachers, their families and community.....—
Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) December 14, 2012
Prayers for those in Connecticut...senseless.—
Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 14, 2012
Sickened by this horrible news in Connecticut. My prayers are with those families.—
Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) December 14, 2012
my thoughts & prayers r w/ Newtown Connecticut 2day. may God bless everyone affected by this senseless tragedy. i pray 4 luv & peace.—
(@Pitbull) December 15, 2012
my heart goes out deeply to the people of Newtown, Connecticut—
ke$ha (@keshasuxx) December 14, 2012
Our hearts go out to those affected by the tragedy in #Newtown.—
No Doubt (@nodoubt) December 14, 2012
I am absolutely devastated.My prayers and my heart go out to those parents and families affected by this tragedy. I know words aren't enough—
P!nk (@Pink) December 14, 2012
My heart is with the children and families of Connecticut today... #PrayForNewton—
Britney Spears (@britneyspears) December 14, 2012
heard about what happened in CT, my prayers go out to all those suffering in this tragedy. it'ss just wrong. Everyone please pray for them.—
Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 14, 2012
At a loss for words. We can only pray.—
Trey Songz (@TreySongz) December 14, 2012
The White House
"While nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need" —President Obama #CTshooting—
The White House (@whitehouse) December 14, 2012
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– Jay Tilles, CBS Local