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The report on a night of almost unimaginable sorrow for parents.
And others in Newtown Connecticut about 65 miles from us here in New York.
Police say -- gunman dressed in black body armor came into the sandy hook elementary school this morning.
And started opening fire.
When it was over 27 were dead at the school's six adults and twenty children along with the gun.
Police say one other adult was killed elsewhere believed to be the shooters mother.
An emotional President Obama spoke this afternoon about the shootings.
Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry has that part of the story.
The majority of those who died today were children.
Beautiful kids between the ages of five and ten years old President Obama struggling to keep his composure.
The grief of an entire nation visible in the -- -- he tried and failed to suppress they have their entire lives ahead of them.
Birthdays and graduation this.
-- Earlier the president spoke to Connecticut governor Dan Malloy as well as FBI director Robert Moeller who's coordinating the investigation with state authorities.
Governor -- my condolences.
On behalf of the nation and made it clear he will have.
Every single resource that he needs -- investigate this heinous crime.
Care for the victims.
We've been -- Too many of these tragedies in the past few years the partisan bickering suddenly seems ever less important deliberations over that looming fiscal cliff like in erupted.
Had approximately 10:30 this morning.
In the Oval Office the president was notified by its Homeland Security advisor John brand.
Of the shooting in Newtown Connecticut.
At a school the president his receiving regular updates as more information becomes available.
The president has received many of those emergency updates over the last four years from a congresswoman shot at a supermarket in Tucson Arizona she survived but six others did not.
Our hearts are broken.
-- -- -- Our hearts are broke.
To -- -- wore Colorado movie -- this past summer twelve dead.
When you have an -- to visit with families who have lost their loved ones.
As I described to them I come to them.
Not so much as president.
As I do as a father and as a husband.
Later that same month the president faced criticism from liberals first speech to the national urban -- what I said in the wake of -- was.
We were gonna stay on this persistently where he talked about violence but very carefully danced around the issue of gun control.
And offered no specific plans for follow through.
We recognize the traditions of gun ownership -- passed on from generation to generation.
That hunting and shooting -- part of it.
A cherished national heritage.
But I also believe a lot of gun owners would agree that AK forty -- belong enhanced soldiers on the hands.
-- day in the White House briefing room a dramatic shift a specific promise of action in his second term these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods.
And these children are children.
We're gonna -- come together and take meaningful action.
To prevent more tragedies like this.
Regardless of the politics for now the president has ordered flags be flown at half staff.
-- military post public buildings and grounds including the White House where there's a grieving staff.
And first finally this evening Michelle -- will do what I know every parent in America.
Will do which is -- virtual little tighter.
And we'll tell them that we love them.
That captain mark Kelly husband of former congresswoman Gabby Giffords said today.
That she sends her prayers from Tucson -- he added that a meaningful discussion of the nation's gun laws quote.
Can no longer wait.
Ed Henry live on the north lawn Ed thank you.
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