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Monday, 17 December 2012 - 8:56
President Obama visits Connecticut
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US President Barack Obama has arrived in the Connecticut community devastated by the shootings at an elementary school.

20 children and 6 women died in Friday's assault on Sandy Hook school in Newtown by a lone gunman who then took his own life. Obama is meeting victims' families and emergency service workers.

The gunman behind Friday's shootings has been identified by police as Adam Lanza, 20. He shot dead his mother before driving to the school in her car, opening fire on his victims and then killing himself.

All 20 children who died in the shootings - eight boys and 12 girls - were aged between six and seven.

Shortly after Friday's attack on Sandy Hook school, the president said there must be "meaningful action" against gun crime in the US.

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