A 20-year-old man wearing combat gear and armed with semiautomatic pistols and a semiautomatic rifle killed 26 people - 20 of them children in an attack in an elementary school in central Connecticut on Friday. President Barack Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation to honour the victims of the Newtown shooting.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in a statement on Saturday that her country shares America’s shock at what she called “this senseless and incomprehensible act of evil. She said that Australians, as parents as well as friends of the American people, mourned the loss of young children and teachers who were murdered in a place of learning. British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was “shocked and deeply saddened” to hear of the shootings and that he found it “heartbreaking” to think of those who lost such young children.