Shooting at US school
Barack Obama has called on Americans to come together and take “meaningful action” to prevent more tragedies like the school shooting in Connecticut.
As many as 27 people, including 18 children, have been killed in an attack at a primary school in Newtown.
At a press conference in Washington DC, a clearly emotional president said his heart was “broken” for the families of the victims, and claimed every parent in the country was feeling “overwhelming grief”.
He said the US had been through similar tragedies “too many times”, and insisted action must be taken to prevent more attacks “regardless of the politics”.
“The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years-old,” he said.
“As a country we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newton, a shopping mall in Oregon, a temple in Wisconsin, or a move theatre in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago, these neighbourhoods are our neighbourhoods and these children are our children.
“We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
David Cameron has tonight expressed condolences to the families and the American people, saying the "thoughts of the British people" are with them.
"It is heartbreaking to think of those who have had their children robbed from them at such a young age, when they had so much life ahead of them," he said.