- There’s been a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut
- We’re told there are 18-20 children who have been killed, with a death toll close to 30
- Law enforcement tells CNN suspect is named Ryan Lanza
- Below are the latest updates as they come to us or you can read our story of the Connecticut school shooting
From the president: “I offer Gov. Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation.”
The president appears to be emotional, he’s wiping his left eye.
Here’s more of what he’s saying:
“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. Each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anybody else would as a parent.
“That was especially true today.
“I know there’s not a parent in America that doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.
“The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10.
“They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”
“Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these children and the families of the adults we lost.
“As a country, we have been through this too many times.
“This evening Michelle and I will do whah every parent in America will do – hug our children a little tighter and tell them that we love them.
“There are families in Connecticut that cannot do that tonight and they need all of us tonight.
“May god bless the memory of the victims and in the words of scripture heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds.”