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All too common scenes of shock at US massacre school

Published on Dec 15, 2012 7:26 AM
Residents grieve following a shooting on Dec 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. At least 26 people, including 20 young children, were killed when a gunman assaulted the school and another body was found dead at a second linked crime scene, police said. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AFP) - The scene was all too familiar.

Stunned families clinging to one another for support after yet another massacre in yet another pleasant, leafy suburban American community.

They came for news at the firehouse near the elementary school, just down the road from the Sandy Hook Elementary school, where a young man had burst into a class and gunned down 26 children and staff.

A couple walked a way, shocked and tearful, too stunned to speak. Others nervously allowed their eight-year-olds to give confused accounts of the killings to the gathering army of television news teams.

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