It was a horrific incident that will remain etched in our minds. Connecticut school shooting that killed 28 students and teachers in Sandy Hook school was a gruesome massacre (video)
In yet another campus shootout in the United States at least 28 people, including 20 schoolchildren, were massacred in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday morning.
The gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, was among those killed. He first shot dead his own mother, Nancy Lanza, a teacher in the same institution, Sandy Hook Elementary School, before gunning down 26 others before being killed by the police. However, other reports said that he committed suicide.
This is the second worst campus killing since the Virginia Tech University massacre of 2007 in which 33 students lost their lives.
The shootings brought to mind episodes such as the Columbine High School massacre that killed 15 in 1999 and the July 2012 shootings at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead. A series of shootouts have rocked the United States in the recent months.
Lanza, carrying two hand guns, opened fire inside two classrooms at the Connecticut elementary school. The kids killed were between the age of five and 10.
The motive of the attack has so far not been known. However, it is believed that Lanza was suffering from a personality disorder and lived with his mother in Connecticut.
The massacre took place just 10 days before Christmas. The killing sent shock waves and panic all over the country.
Newtown is a prosperous community of about 27,000 some 70 miles northeast of New York City. It is a wooded suburb in Fairfield County.
Adam Lanza and his mother lived in a well-to-do part of Newtown where neighbours are engaged in white-collar jobs at companies such as General Electric, Pepsi and IBM. There are large number of professionals like doctors, who also live in the vicinity.
After the carnage young schoolkids were told to close their eyes by police as they were taken out from the building. Most of the kids were crying and looked frightened beyond recognition.
The killer struck as children gathered in their classrooms for morning session. A state police spokesman said the shootings took place in two first-grade classrooms. Witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots, some said as many as 100 rounds.
Eye-witnesses narrated the whole tragedy which lasted for just a few months.
â€œOur hearts are broken today,â€ a tearful President Barack Obama, said as the killing sparked off another debate over the gun licence in the country.
The police is interrogating Ryan Lanza, 24, the elder brother of Adam Lanza. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.