A fuller picture is starting to emerge of the horror of Friday’s school shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut in the United States.
Of the 20 children shot dead there were 12 girls and eight boys. All were aged between six and seven. Each of them appear to have been shot several times. Parents had to identify them by photographs, a move intended to minimise their shock.
The suspected killer has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Before going to the school, he is alleged to have gunned down his mother at her house.
Officials say he used mainly a high-powered assault rifle and took the lives of six adult women, all school staff members, before turning the gun on himself.
The weapons used were legally owned by his mother. Police say they have assembled what they call some “very good evidence” regarding the killer’s motives but the search for answers continues.