Citizens across the nation are expressing their condolences and mourning the loss of 27 innocent lives that were cut short following a mass shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school today.
Governor Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from today until next Friday, December 21st, in honor of the victims in today’s school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
Governor Beshear was quoted as saying he was horrified by this devastating shooting in Connecticut and that the loss is unfathomable.
Beshear also stated as parents and grandparents, Jane and I cannot imagine the pain these families face. To the community of Newtown and the families of Sandy Hook Elementary, Kentuckians share in your grief, and we hold you in our hearts and prayers.
The governor encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.
Police have identified the gunman as 20-year old Adam Lanza of New Jersey, who was killed inside of the school after he opened fire and fatally shot his mother and 26 others, with federal and state sources saying the victims were mostly children.
Multiple sources are reporting that in addition to the causalities at the school, a dead body was also found in the shooter’s residence.
Lanza was reportedly heavily armed with four weapons and was wearing a bullet-proof vest when he gunned down the victims.
As news of the mass shooting unfolded, President Barack Obama was briefed on the shooting by FBI Director Robert Mueller and released a statement offering his condolences to the family members affected by this tragedy.
Today’s shooting is considered to be the second worst mass shooting to take place in U.S. history with the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 when 32 people were killed before the shooter took his own life.