UN chief mourns victims of US school shooting
United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday voiced his "deepest condolences" over the victims of a school shooting in the US state of Connecticut which killed 20 children.
In a letter to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, Ban called the Sandy Hook Elementary School rampage "shocking murders", spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here.
"The secretary-general said that the targeting of children is heinous and unthinkable, and extended his thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims and all others traumatized by this horrendous crime," Xinhua quoted the spokesman as saying.
Police in Connecticut said Friday that 18 children died on the scene in the elementary school, two more died later in the hospital, and 8 adults were also dead.
According to reports, the gunman shot his mother, who worked at the school. Police said the gunman and the "individual who lived with him" were both dead.
The incident is the second deadliest school shooting in US history, only exceeded by the Virginia Tech Massacre in April 2007, which left 33 people dead.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Amitabh Bachchan's Twitter account hacked, 'sex sites' planted as following
- Lashkar-e-Toiba plotting 26/11-style attack in India with the help of Pak Navy, ISI?
- Radhe Maa approached to be a part of Bigg Boss 9?
- DNA: Analysis of decision to name Aurangzeb Road after Dr. Abdul Kalam - Part III
- What was Indrani Mukherjea's original plan to murder Sheena Bora?
- Sheena Bora murder case: 'Indrani Mukerjea's father thrashed her with belt'
- Leaked! Tentative list of 'Bigg Boss 9' revealed and guess who's hosting?
- Amitabh Bachchan's Twitter account hacked, sex sites planted as 'following'
- PM Modi releases digital version of Ramcharitmanas musical
- Exclusive: I am father of Sheena, Mikhail, but never married Indrani Mukerjea, says Siddharth Das