President Obama: 'Our hearts are broken today'
POSTED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 2:27pm
UPDATED: Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 9:11pm
NATIONAL NEWS (NBC33) — President Obama addressed the nation shortly after 2:00 p.m. regarding the elementary school shooting in Connecticut. During his remarks, he became visibly shaken and wiped tears from his eyes. .
“Our hearts are broken today," he said. "We’ve endured too many of these tragedies over the past few years…I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do. The majority of the people who died today were children between the age of 5 and 10 years old.”
He spoke about his personal feeling as a father, and asks people to be considerate of the families of those involved in this tragedy.
“In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be our best as Americans…All of us can extend a hand in need…”
Although a great deal of information has been released regarding the incident, officials are confirming very little at this time.
“There are a lot of things that we cannot confirm,” Lt. Paul Vance, Connecticut State Police, said during a press conference. “This is an active investigation. There’s a great deal of work that needs to be done.”
Lt. Vance did confirm that 18 children were pronounced dead at the scene. Two children were transported to a local hospital, but died shortly after arrival. Six adults were also pronounced dead at the scene. The shooter was also pronounced dead at the scene. However, officials will not confirm his identification.
A second crime scene is also being investigated at a home in Connecticut. Officials have not confirmed whether this person is related to the shooter.