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US Shooting: Victims Were Shot Multiple Times
The gunman who massacred 26 children and adults in America's worst school shooting killed his victims at close range after forcing his way into the building, officials say.
Medical examiner Dr H Wayne Carver said all the dead, most of them aged just six or seven, had a number of gunshot wounds inflicted with an assault rifle.
It had earlier been reported that 20-year-old Adam Lanza had used two handguns in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Mr Carver added that the shooting was the "worst I have ever seen".
Lieutenant Paul Vance told a news conference that the suspect forced his way into the building after killing a relative, believed to be his mother.
After storming through several classrooms, Lanza, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, turned a gun on himself.
"It's believed he was not voluntarily let into the school at all, that he forced his way into the school, but that's as far as we can go on that," Lt Vance said.
The painstaking investigation of the crime scene itself is ongoing, and likely to continue for a further two days, he added.
When asked whether any emails or notes ad been discovered that could shed light on the gunman's motive, he said "very good evidence" had been found.
"Our investigators at the crime scene, the school and secondarily at the secondary crime scene ? did produce some very good evidence in this investigation that our investigators will be able to use in hopefully painting the complete picture as to how and more importantly why this occurred."
He said a woman at the school who survived the shooting is doing well and will be a key part of the investigation.
"She is doing fine. She has been treated, and she'll be instrumental in this investigation, as I'm sure you can understand," he said.
Authorities have visited local gun ranges in Connecticut but have found no evidence that the gunman trained for the attack or was an active member of the recreational gun community.
Headteacher Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach both died while attempting to confront the gunman.
Maryann Jacob, who worked in the library, told today how she led 18 children to safety by crawling with them to a storage room and waiting for the police to arrive.
She said they barricaded the door with filing cabinets, only opening it when a police officer slid an identification badge underneath.
The town's first selectman Patricia Llodra spoke to reporters on behalf of the community.
"Newtown has suffered an horrendous tragedy, a harm that has broken our hearts," she said. "Our wound is deep because we are a close-knit community, we truly care for each other."
President Barack Obama used his weekly address to express his sadness in the wake of the shooting.
"We grieve for the families of those we lost. And we keep in our prayers the parents of those who survived. Because as blessed as they are to have their children home, they know that their child's innocence has been torn away far too early," Mr Obama said.
He also hinted at possible gun law reform, declaring that the latest atrocity signals that the country should come together to take meaningful action, "regardless of the politics".
Meanwhile in Alabama authorities say a man opened fire in a hospital, wounding an officer and two employees before he was fatally shot by police.
Birmingham Police Sergeant Johnny Williams said the injuries suffered by the officer and employees are not threatening.
He said police were called because a man with a gun was walking through St. Vincent's Hospital on Saturday morning.
When he was confronted by officers, he started shooting.
what do you think?
Didnt like to say r.i.p earlier.now feels right r.i.p ..and my thoughts are with the familys of those that have lost loved ones.so very sad.
Truely heatbreaking these innocent lives cut short. My heart goes out to the victims, the devastated friends and families. Their loss is intolerable. Sleep peacefully X
Poor little angels, my thoughts are with their poor,family's , while not usually given to strong emotion I hope the evil creature who did this burns in purgatory forever !
Wendy with you on this
when will the world learn that guns only do 1 thing ,,and thats (KILL)
Sorry David but might say guns are not the problem its people if it was not guns then they would find something else knives, clubs whatever. We had a knee jerk reaction about firearms now there are more illegal guns on the streets than before but those who enjoyed the sport are deprived of their firearms.
that picture realy gets on my t***s god bless if there was a (GOD) he would not let kids get killed before they have a chance to grow up...if it was 1 of my kids the last person i would have at the funeral would be some idiot with a white collar ,preaching how god has taken them into his flock
I agree with you David.
Bet 25 children an hour are murdered through our manipulation, massacre, invasions End policies in the middle east. Do we mourn those children? Yeah right.
Are you for real or a wum now is not the time for this crap.some of us have kids going through us school uni systom
I agree with you,do we ever give so much attention,to other children getting killed in massacre,in the Congo,middle east?on a daily ,and this for years,I agree with you ,and never mind "Mark Hussey",he is not real,but he shut weak up to reality!!
Thought you might pop up with another irrelevant comment...
Joelle cooke we are not on about other conflict zones but a shooting in small town america rip little ones
Jimmy jedi do you have kids?
This is one of the sadest things just before Christmas, on thinking what could be done to stop this I found it hard to find a solution. If the USA follow us on what we done and ban hand guns only legal guns go, crims soon find a way to arm replicas and they cause more damage to human tissue. Pray to God, Hope is all we got left. RIP little children we love you ...........
Peter thank you obviously you recognise that knee jerk reactions do not resolve the problem - we have more illegal firearms than at any time whilst those who held legal arms and enjoyed the sport are deprived. For now let us join with those who have lost their loved ones.
This hasnt been mentioned once today by anyone I know. Its as if were being innured to these events as they happen so often
This is so sad and there is nothing i can do or say to change anything, but i hope my prayers in some way will bring comfort to those who are suffering such great loss at this time, i won't apologise but all i have to offer are my sympathies and my prayers and both are earnestly sent out from a very sad heart...God help you all.
BAN THE GUNS
Not the answer we did and we have more illegal firearms than ever
Jimmyjedi, and his amazing irrellevant comments.
It's difficult to find words for this. I hope that the families can eventually find some kind of peace. I doubt it though.
@Jasmin Louise,why do you call Tony blairs,8.52 comment Pathetic? he is right with many things he says!!
Joelle, my comments deleted. I don't trust anyone that keeps changing their user name :)
Under the old systom thay would be banned
Mark, they get blocked on here. Log on with a different user name. I know who it is. I've reported him loads of times.
Do you not get a ban for haveing more than one user name
Words cannot describe how dreadful this is.